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precautionary principle Syllabification: pre·cau·tion·ar·y prin·ci·ple

Definition of precautionary principle in English:


The principle that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted. It has mainly been used to prohibit the importation of genetically modified organisms and food.
Example sentences
  • In effect the precautionary principle asks of science what it cannot provide - a god-like omniscience.
  • A balanced approach would be to abide by the precautionary principle, to foster organic agriculture and to prohibit the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and parks.
  • Nations must have the right to exercise the precautionary principle and restrict the import of foods that may threaten their citizens' health.
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