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preventative

adjective

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concerned with or serving to keep something from happening
  • the department in charge of taking preventative measures against international terrorism

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preventative

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The first known use of preventative was in 1651

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“Preventative.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/preventative. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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