an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

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


  1. —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

  1. :  a unit of weight equal to 116 avoirdupois pound

    :  a small amount

    :  fluid ounce

  1. :  snow leopard

  1. :  the act of preventing or hindering

  1. :  become

  1. :  having monetary or material value

    :  estimable

  1. :  monetary value

    :  the equivalent of a specified amount or figure

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

  1. :  equal in value to

    :  having assets or income equal to

    :  deserving of

  1. :  any of various units of mass and weight

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

    :  the basic monetary unit of Ireland from 1921 to 2001

  1. :  an enclosure for animals

    :  a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed animals

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

  1. :  to reduce to powder or pulp by beating

    :  to strike heavily or repeatedly

    :  to inculcate by insistent repetition :  drive

  1. :  an act or sound of pounding

  1. :  spiritual charge :  care

    :  pastoral charge of a parish

    :  recovery or relief from a disease

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

    :  to bring about recovery from

    :  to deal with in a way that eliminates or rectifies

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to criticize severely

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