adjective precautionary measures/steps etc things that you do in order to prevent something dangerous or unpleasant from happening: The ward will be closed for a week as a precautionary measure. precede /prI'si:d/ verb (T) formal
1 to happen or exist before something or someone or to come before something else in a series: The numbers on the license plate are preceded by a letter. | He was a much stronger leader than the man who preceded him. (=was leader before him)
2 to go somewhere before someone else: John preceded his guests into the lounge.
3 to say or write something as an introduction to a speech, book etc: The author preceded his speech with a few words of welcome.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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