Meaning of SAFEGUARD in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: Middle English saufgarde, from Middle French salvegarde, saufegarde, from Old French, from salve, sauve (feminine of salf, sauf safe) + garde guard — more at safe , guard


a. obsolete : safe-conduct 1

b. : safe-conduct 2


a. : a written order issued by a military commander or other authority guaranteeing the safety of specified persons or property

b. : a guard furnished by a military commander or other authority to protect persons or property

3. archaic : protection , defense

if you do fight in safeguard of your wives — Shakespeare

4. : a means of protection against something undesirable

necessary safeguards against the conviction of innocent persons — F.A.Ogg & P.O.Ray

this diversification is considered a safeguard against crises — G.G.Weigend

5. archaic : a protective petticoat worn outside a riding habit

II. transitive verb

: to provide a safeguard for : protect

a clause safeguarding the right of habeas corpus — Irving Brant

safeguard the layman against being victimized by quacks — H.G.Rickover

Synonyms: see defend

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