What does the word precaution mean?

Usage examples for precaution

  1. " I thought," he worded it, " that, having taken this precaution, I might consider myself safe from the censure of his friends and his legitimate admirers. – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles
  2. She even took the precaution of shutting the glass door of the drawing- room, smiling on her daughter and her cousin, whom she saw seated in an old summer- house at the end of the garden. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac