preventive


1pre·ven·tive

noun \-ˈven-tiv\

Definition of PREVENTIVE

:  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>

First Known Use of PREVENTIVE

circa 1639

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2preventive

adjective

: used to stop something bad from happening

Full Definition of PREVENTIVE

:  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.

First Known Use of PREVENTIVE

circa 1626

Rhymes with PREVENTIVE

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