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preventive

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noun pre·ven·tive \-ˈven-tiv\

Definition of preventive

  1. :  something that prevents; especially :  something used to prevent disease

Examples of preventive in a sentence

  1. <if people took the simple preventive of frequently washing their hands, the spread of germs could be greatly reduced>

Circa 1639

First Known Use of preventive

circa 1639


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preventive

adjective pre·ven·tive

Definition of preventive

  1. :  devoted to or concerned with prevention :  precautionary <preventive steps against soil erosion>: as a :  designed or serving to prevent the occurrence of disease <preventive medical care> b :  undertaken to forestall anticipated hostile action <a preventive coup>

preventively

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preventiveness

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Examples of preventive in a sentence

  1. Farmers are covering their crops as a preventive measure against frost.

  2. We'll take whatever preventive action is necessary.

Circa 1626

First Known Use of preventive

circa 1626


PREVENTIVE Defined for English Language Learners


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preventive

adjective pre·ven·tive

Definition of preventive for English Language Learners

  • : used to stop something bad from happening


PREVENTIVE Defined for Kids

preventive

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adjective pre·ven·tive \prē-ˈven-tiv\

Definition of preventive for Students

  1. :  used for keeping something from happening


Medical Dictionary

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preventive

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noun pre·ven·tive \-ˈvent-iv\

Medical Definition of preventive

  1. :  something (as a drug) used to prevent disease


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preventive

adjective pre·ven·tive

Medical Definition of preventive

  1. :  devoted to or concerned with the prevention of disease <preventive drug therapy> <preventive psychiatry>



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