precautionary principle

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Environment management rule that if a threat of serious or irreversible damage to the environment or human health exists, a lack of full scientific knowledge about the situation should not be allowed to delay containment or remedial steps if the balance of potential costs and benefits justifies enacting them. In other words, "prevention is better than cure." Also called preventative principle.

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The liberal girl told me about the precautionary principle and how it was important to know for the well being of our environment.
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You must make sure to not do anything that is below the precautionary principle so that you are not doing damage to the environment.
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The precautionary principle was referenced in our new plan of attack to remedy the problem and fortunately a solution was born.
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