What does the word precaution mean?

Usage examples for precaution

  1. If the news had come unbroken by such precaution to my poor darling Robert, it would have nearly killed him, I think. – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon
  2. " 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
  3. 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