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pre·ven·ta·tive | \pri-ˈven-tə-tiv \

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Items on the wish list include Martingale collars, 4- and 6-foot nylon leashes, durable chew toys such as Kong toys, Frontline flea and tick preventative and collapsible wire crates. Grace Wong,, "Big Gay Ice Cream comes to town, plus other things to eat, drink and do this weekend," 20 June 2018 The nonprofit funds programs that help inform Kentuckians how to indentify and report child abuse and provides communities with preventative resources. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Janitor leaves his $175,000+ life savings to victims of child abuse," 11 May 2018 And most of what lifeguards do is preventative, said Abajian, whose lifeguards conduct about 15 rescues at Evanston beaches each summer season. Tessa Weinberg,, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 Its benefits are mostly preventative so, understandably, my skin didn’t take on a preternatural glow. Deanna Pai, Bon Appetit, "Moon Juice Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon Has a New Beauty Line and, Fine, I'm Into It," 25 June 2018 Yet another system tracks recommendations for routine and preventative maintenance. Tim Newcomb, WIRED, "The Brilliant Vigilance of Seattle's Gargantuan New Tunnel," 13 June 2018 Without the use of a preventative oral anti-herpes medication, the cold sores can spread due to microtears in the skin. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "What’s Up With Dermaplaning? Here’s What Scalpel Facials Are Actually Doing to Your Face," 8 June 2018 The White House said the campaign was a preventative tool aimed at breaking a cycle of prescription painkillers serving as a gateway to heroin and illicit fentanyl. Lev Facher, STAT, "Crashing cars into walls, breaking hands with hammers: How the White House is warning against opioids," 7 June 2018 Thompson said the donation would allow more people access to preventative healthcare. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Family Dollar's founder donated $2 million to a YMCA branch. Here's what it will do.," 31 May 2018

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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 \

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