an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

US
used to say that it is better and easier to stop a problem, illness, etc., from happening than to stop or correct it after it has started

Word by Word Definitions

ounce play
  1. : a unit of weight equal to ¹/₁₂ troy pound — see Weights and Measures Table

  2. : a unit of weight equal to ¹/₁₆ avoirdupois pound

  3. : a small amount

  1. : snow leopard

prevention play
  1. : the act of preventing or hindering

worth play
  1. : become

  1. : having monetary or material value

  2. : estimable

  1. : monetary value

  2. : the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

  3. : the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held

  1. : equal in value to

  2. : having assets or income equal to

  3. : deserving of

pound play
  1. : any of various units of mass and weight

  2. : the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom —called also pound sterling

  3. : any of numerous basic monetary units of other countries (such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria) — see Money Table

  1. : an enclosure for animals

  2. : a depot for holding impounded personal property until redeemed by the owner

  3. : a place or condition of confinement

  1. : to reduce to powder or pulp by beating

  2. : to strike heavily or repeatedly

  3. : to produce with or as if with repeated vigorous strokes

  1. : an act or sound of pounding

cure play
  1. : spiritual charge : care

  2. : pastoral charge of a parish

  3. : recovery or relief from a disease

  1. : to restore to health, soundness, or normality

  2. : to bring about recovery from

  3. : to deal with in a way that eliminates or rectifies

  1. : a parish priest


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