proactive process of preventing injury. damage. or loss.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionarysafety
the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss
a device (as on a weapon or a machine) designed to prevent inadvertent or hazardous operation
a) (1) a situation in football in which a member of the offensive team is tackled behind its own goal line that counts two points for the defensive team - compare touchback
(2) a member of a defensive backfield in football who occupies the deepest position in order to receive a kick, defend against a forward pass, or stop a ballcarrier
b) a billiard shot made with no attempt to score or so as to leave the balls in an unfavorable position for the opponent
c) - base hit
to protect against failure, breakage, or accident - safety a rifle
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Safety is the state of being "safe" (from French sauf), the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes. Safety can also refer to the control of recognized hazards in order to achieve an acceptable level of risk.