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pre·​ven·​ta·​tive | \ pri-ˈven-tə-tiv How to pronounce preventative (audio) \

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Clearly, this is not anything punitive, but perhaps preventative. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Should Heat have stepped in to hold Olynyk out of World Cup?," 15 Aug. 2019 On the preventative side, during this past summer, more than 1,500 teachers and faculty in school districts around the state were trained in threat assessment techniques and mental health interventions for students. al, "More answers to your questions about education in Alabama," 14 Aug. 2019 The interest in nutrition for both preventative and therapeutic purposes has also soared, including the awareness of eating practices from healthy populations around the globe. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 Staff also coordinate patients’ mental-health care, provide wellness checks and preventative visits, education and support for youth and their families. Robin Goist,, "Akron Children’s Hospital opens Center for Gender Affirming Medicine," 31 July 2019 Giving your dog monthly flea and tick preventative should also help repel some insects and parasites. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: Will insect repellent hurt dogs who lick people’s skin?," 26 July 2019 Our study finds that most harm relates to medication, and this is one core area that preventative strategies could focus on. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Medical mistakes harm more than 1 in 10 patients. Many are preventable.," 18 July 2019 Fauci is set to give more details of the study at a meeting of the International AIDS Society this month in Mexico City, and J&J also plans to release additional data on the preventative. John Lauerman,, "Johnson & Johnson is about to test an experimental HIV vaccine on thousands of people," 12 July 2019 However, here’s an annual maintenance schedule that’s appropriate for most parts of the country. March-April: If crabgrass is present, use a crabgrass preventative agent combined with a slow-release lawn fertilizer. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "9 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 8 July 2019

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1655, in the meaning defined above

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adjective or noun
pre·​ven·​ta·​tive | \ pri-ˈvent-ət-iv How to pronounce preventative (audio) \

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