pre·​ven·​tion | \ pri-ˈven(t)-shən How to pronounce prevention (audio) \

Definition of prevention

: the act of preventing or hindering

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Examples of prevention in a Sentence

Exercise and diet play a role in the prevention of heart disease. good crowd control is crucial to the prevention of riots
Recent Examples on the Web Rhukmani Bhatia, an expert on gun violence prevention at the Center for American Progress, said ammunition makers haven't received the same scrutiny as gunmakers when in it comes to preventing shootings. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "In epidemic of mass shootings, ammunition makers dodge blame," 12 Sep. 2019 So the Secret Service focuses much of its attention on prevention and education. Washington Post, "Think your credit card is safe in your wallet? Think again.," 10 Sep. 2019 Maurizi’s allegations were reported to SafeSport, the two-year-old independent nonprofit that provides information on abuse prevention, policies and programs, on Jan. 31, 2018, and Callaghan was suspended March 6, with USFS’s suspension following. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "Olympic champion figure skating coach banned for life for sexual misconduct claims," 22 Aug. 2019 The fraudulent transfer was discovered Friday, and Hertz said the district’s money managers must now attend a mandatory training on fraud prevention scheduled for Tuesday., "Portland Public Schools nearly scammed out of $2.9 million," 19 Aug. 2019 Fire officials noted that building design includes an emphasis on prevention of firefighter cancer. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Sept. 1, 2020 anticipated opening date for HCESD No. 48 fire station," 19 Aug. 2019 Belatedly, the country has begun to focus on prevention and rehabilitation. The Economist, "How Turkey deals with returning Islamic State fighters," 15 Aug. 2019 Hammered by trade wars, a climate crisis and the worst income-to-debt ratio in a generation, calls to Farm Aid crisis lines have doubled in some states, and the website for Iowa corn growers now includes a page on suicide prevention. Bill Weir, CNN, "Scientists say farmers could grow their way out of the climate crisis," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden held three days of wide-ranging talks on gun violence prevention, including a meeting with video game industry executives. Mae Anderson,, "There is no link between video games and violence, according to experts," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prevention

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prevention

: the act or practice of stopping something bad from happening : the act of preventing something


pre·​ven·​tion | \ pri-ˈven-shən How to pronounce prevention (audio) \

Kids Definition of prevention

: the act or practice of keeping something from happening the prevention of fires

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