prevention

noun pre·ven·tion \ pri-ˈven(t)-shən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of prevention

:the act of preventing or hindering

Examples of prevention in a Sentence

  1. Exercise and diet play a role in the prevention of heart disease.

  2. good crowd control is crucial to the prevention of riots

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First Known Use of prevention

15th century



PREVENTION Defined for English Language Learners

prevention

noun

Definition of prevention for English Language Learners

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


PREVENTION Defined for Kids

prevention

noun pre·ven·tion \ pri-ˈven-shən \

Definition of prevention for Students

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


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