preventive

adjective
pre·​ven·​tive | \ pri-ˈven-tiv How to pronounce preventive (audio) \

Definition of preventive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

preventive

noun

Definition of preventive (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that prevents especially : something used to prevent disease

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Other Words from preventive

Adjective

preventively adverb
preventiveness noun

Examples of preventive in a Sentence

Adjective Farmers are covering their crops as a preventive measure against frost. We'll take whatever preventive action is necessary. Noun if people took the simple preventive of frequently washing their hands, the spread of germs could be greatly reduced
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This shrinks the amount of time available to carry out preventive work. The Economist, "A burning question Why was Australia’s government so ill-prepared for the bushfires?," 11 Jan. 2020 During the 1962 war with China, President S Radhakrishnan signed the Defence of India Act, which was designed to allow preventive detention during wartime. Naresh Fernandes, Quartz India, "India risks repeating the shameful 1960s internment of its Chinese community," 6 Jan. 2020 More than 1,100 people have been arrested so far and over 5,558 kept in preventive detention. Nilanjana Bhowmick/new Delhi, Time, "Why This Indian State Is Witnessing the Country's Most Violent Anti Citizenship-Law Protests," 1 Jan. 2020 In November, a task force created by the governor to develop preventive guidelines recommended improved reporting requirements, better training for workers and a statewide campaign urging people to report abuse. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Sex scandals, wedding invitations, faulty prison locks. These are the 19 top Arizona stories of 2019," 22 Dec. 2019 Then doctors could give a preventive only to patients who need it most. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019 San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park studied its museum building’s bird deaths before and after applying preventive decals and films. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "NYC's Buildings Will Become Safer for Birds," 11 Dec. 2019 The August survey found that a majority of respondents support restricting future development in high-risk areas and for the use of preventive burns by state and federal agencies. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Are Blackouts Here to Stay? A Look into the Future," 15 Nov. 2019 In Chicago, three hundred and sixty local radicals were arrested and put in preventive detention. Adam Hochschild, The New Yorker, "When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Scientists in the consortium, co-led by Galanopoulou, are studying potential preventives, too. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019 Researchers familiar with the field say CDC researchers did not invent the concept underpinning PrEP —that the same antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) used to treat HIV could, like malarial pills given to travelers, works as preventives. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Untangling the Trump administration’s lawsuit over an HIV prevention drug," 8 Nov. 2019 Use preventives like topical creams, chewable tablets or injectables. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Heartworm risks for Minnesota pets rise. Here are ways to protect your dogs and cats.," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of preventive

Adjective

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preventive was circa 1626

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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Preventive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preventive?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=preven07. Accessed 29 Jan. 2020.

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More Definitions for preventive

preventive

adjective
How to pronounce preventive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of preventive

: used to stop something bad from happening

preventive

adjective
pre·​ven·​tive | \ prē-ˈven-tiv How to pronounce preventive (audio) \

Kids Definition of preventive

: used for keeping something from happening

preventive

noun
pre·​ven·​tive | \ -ˈvent-iv How to pronounce preventive (audio) \

Medical Definition of preventive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (as a drug) used to prevent disease

preventive

adjective

Medical Definition of preventive (Entry 2 of 2)

: devoted to or concerned with the prevention of disease preventive drug therapy preventive psychiatry

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