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

Synonyms for preventive

Synonyms: Adjective

precautionary, preventative, prophylactic

Synonyms: Noun

caution, fail-safe, palladium, precaution, safeguard

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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

Districtwide: air conditioning, lighting and AEDs Routine maintenance such as deep cleaning of classrooms and preventive care for air conditioning equipment and roofs also took place this summer. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Building projects keep Newport-Mesa busy as new school year draws near," 31 Aug. 2019 Private insurers follow task force recommendations on what preventive care to cover, some at no out-of-pocket cost under rules from former President Barack Obama's health care law. NBC News, "Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test," 20 Aug. 2019 Private insurers follow task force recommendations on what preventive care to cover, some at no out-of-pocket cost under rules from former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test," 20 Aug. 2019 Introduced in Maryland, the goal is to encourage providers to seek alternative treatments such as preventive care to reduce what may be unnecessary spending. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Pete Buttigieg would improve rural health care," 9 Aug. 2019 Despite that low cost, providing them with free access to preventive care seems to yield really massive benefits over the long run. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Government programs usually cost money. These ones actually make money.," 30 July 2019 The setup might look simple, but a house of worship is a transcendental doctor’s office offering preventive care, support group therapy and a healing hope. Ericka Andersen, WSJ, "Is God the Answer to the Suicide Epidemic?," 11 July 2019 But leaders in the nature prescription movement think that a fundamental shift to focus more on preventive health care isn’t far off. Cassidy Randall, Glamour, "Spend More Time Outside—Doctor’s Orders," 11 July 2019 The breadth of training includes colonoscopy/endoscopy for cancer detection; prenatal and obstetrics care, including high-risk and surgical deliveries; procedural and hospital medicine and comprehensive outpatient and preventive care. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M Family Medicineresidents achieve 100% pass rate on board exams for fourth year," 27 June 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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More Definitions for preventive

preventive

adjective

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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