Part of speech: noun

One who or that which guards or protects.

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Usage examples "safeguards":

  1. In addition to many matters of detail in reference to the establishment of asylums, and an important section in regard to the use of workhouses for chronic lunatics, additional safeguards were given to prevent the improper admission of patients into institutions for the insane, much care being shown in reference to the abuse of private asylums. - "Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles", Daniel Hack Tuke.
  2. Nevertheless, by the soundings they could tell that the water just here was not so deep as that further in; so both anchors were let go, the chains rattling like platoon- firing as these safeguards sank to the bottom. - "Annie o' the Banks o' Dee", Gordon Stables.
  3. As the major says, social distinctions are necessary safeguards, and cannot lightly be disregarded. - "The Gold Trail", Harold Bindloss.