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

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The site medical director at the prison said a new plan would be put into place to help create preventative measures after the incident, according to a Prison Law Office letter. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona prisons have a history of women giving birth in their cells," 4 June 2019 There is no vaccine for the illness, and no other preventative medicine. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why People Are Jumping to Conclusions About Meghan Markle and Zika Right Now," 13 Sep. 2018 Taking the right preventative measures (more on that in a minute) will also protect your pet from tickborne illnesses. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do If Your Dog Has a Tick Bite," 19 Apr. 2019 While the Anti-Chafe Stick works as a preventative measure, the Anti-Chafe Ointment is ideal for folks who are already feeling the effects of skin friction. Marci Robin, Allure, "Loey Lane's New Brand Love AnyBody Launches Affordable Body-Care Products at Target," 4 Apr. 2019 Subscribe to get warnings for imminent dangers, preventative instructions, evacuation directions, urgent safety alerts, access to essential resources, critical transit and utility outages, etc. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Security measures must be preventative, not reactive. Aubrey Nagle,, "Cosby paid accuser $3.4M, Temple neighbors balk at community center 'bribe' | Morning Newsletter," 10 Apr. 2018 The District is committed to promoting anti-bullying preventative strategies to ensure that each student is provided a safe learning environment and, to that end, has sponsored numerous anti-bullying initiatives. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Tearful fifth-grader asks for help against bully: ‘I have been threatened to get shot in the head by an AK-47.’," 13 June 2018 Fireplace charcoal dissolved in warm milk was a prebinge preventative in Victorian London. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 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 How to pronounce preventative (audio) \

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