-v. 3. forewarn, prewarn, Rare,
premonish; alert, warn, give fair warning, put on guard, put on the qui vive, Sl.
give the high sign to; caution, admonish, advise, say a word to the wise; clue in, tip off, Inf.put a bug in [s.o.'s] ear.
precautionary, adj.provident, prudent, wise, sagacious; provisional, preventative; careful, cautious, precautions, circumspect, heedful, mindful; foresighted, foreseeing, forethoughtful, forehanded; premonitory, forewarning.
precede, v. 1. antecede, come orgo before, come first, go ahead of, go in advance; lead, lead the way, head. Inf.head up, front; predate, antedate; presage, anticipate; usher in, herald, introduce.
2. preface, prefix, prelude, premise, prologize.
precedence, n.1. rank, seniority; preeminence, superiority, supremacy, primacy, transcendence, ascendancy, predominance; preference, priority, urgency, importance; prerogative, privilege, right, right-of-way.
2. precession, anteposition, front position, the lead.
3. antecedence, anteriority, preexistence, previousness, earliness.
precedent1, n.prior instance, previous case; model, pattern, criterion, rule, measure, yardstick, barometer; type, archetype, prototype, paradigm, classic example; lead, example, exemplar.
precedent2, adj.preceding. See - preceding.
preceding, adj.antecedent, precedent, previous, pre-venient, preliminary, forerunning, foregoing; prior, earlier, former, preexistent; aforesaid, aforementioned, above-mentioned, above-named, above-stated, stated above; anterior, advanced, forward, placed in advance orat the front orforward, ranged at the front, set in the van orvanguard.
precept, n.1. canon, rubric, guideline, working principle, guiding principle; unwritten law, common law, lex non scripta; ethical code, code of honor, corpus juris, code; ordinance, decree, edict, Law.writ, rescript, assize; dictate, dictum, order, command, injunction, fiat, sanction, prescription, mandate, firman; commandment, behest, bidding, dictation; word, word of command, direct order, Inf.the word; charge, commission, directive, direction, instruction; ruling, proclamation, pronouncement, declaration, ukase, bull; law, regulation, rule; control, prohibition, ban, restriction, caveat.
2. motto, moral, byword, lesson, convention; maxim, aphorism, proverb, apothegm, gnome, mot, adage; saw, pithy statement, sententious saying, saying; axiom, prescript, epigram; clichd, hackneyed phrase, platitude, truism, Inf.bromide, commonplace.
preceptor, n.instructor, teacher, tutor; educator, pedagogue, Educ.
methodologist; schoolteacher, schoolmaster, professor; schoolman, scholastic, academician; mentor, counselor, advisor, explainer, expositor, interpreter.
precinct, n.1. district, ward, voting district; division, section, hundred; constituency, prefecture, ar-rondissement, bailiwick, department, ward; U.S.
borough, province, state, canton, county, shire; city, town, community, commune; parish, diocese.
2. region, area, sphere; zone, pale, demesne, territory; locale, parts, locality, Inf.neck of the woods,
precincts environs, surrounding area, surroundings, milieu, habitat, Fr. mise en sctne.
4. compound, court, courtyard, quadrangle, Inf. quad; square, enclosure, ring; camp, concentration camp, P.O.W. camp, prison camp, prison yard, prison.