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preventive

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noun pre·ven·tive \-ˈven-tiv\

Definition of preventive

  1. :  something that prevents; especially :  something used to prevent disease



Examples of preventive

  1. <if people took the simple preventive of frequently washing their hands, the spread of germs could be greatly reduced>



Circa 1639

First Known Use of preventive

circa 1639


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preventive

adjective pre·ven·tive

Simple Definition of preventive

  • : used to stop something bad from happening

Full Definition of preventive

  1. :  devoted to or concerned with prevention :  precautionary <preventive steps against soil erosion>: as a :  designed or serving to prevent the occurrence of disease <preventive medical care> b :  undertaken to forestall anticipated hostile action <a preventive coup>

pre·ven·tive·ly adverb
pre·ven·tive·ness noun

Examples of preventive

  1. Farmers are covering their crops as a preventive measure against frost.

  2. We'll take whatever preventive action is necessary.



Circa 1626

First Known Use of preventive

circa 1626



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