Definition of Preventive

1. Noun. Remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease. "The doctor recommended several preventatives"

Exact synonyms: Preventative, Prophylactic
Generic synonyms: Curative, Cure, Remedy, Therapeutic
Derivative terms: Prophylactic

2. Adjective. Preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease. "A prophylactic drug"
Exact synonyms: Preventative, Prophylactic
Similar to: Healthful
Derivative terms: Prophylactic, Prophylaxis

3. Noun. Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome.
Exact synonyms: Encumbrance, Hinderance, Hindrance, Hitch, Incumbrance, Interference, Preventative
Specialized synonyms: Clog, Speed Bump
Generic synonyms: Impediment, Impedimenta, Obstructer, Obstruction, Obstructor
Derivative terms: Hinder

4. Adjective. Tending to prevent or hinder.

5. Noun. An agent or device intended to prevent conception.

Definition of Preventive

1. a. Going before; preceding.

2. n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.

Definition of Preventive

1. Adjective. Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to. ¹

2. Adjective. Carried out to deter military aggression. ¹

3. Adjective. Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic. ¹

4. Noun. (nonstandard) A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to. ¹

5. Noun. (nonstandard) A thing that slows the development of an illness. ¹

6. Noun. A contraceptive, especially a condom. ¹

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Definition of Preventive

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preventive

prevention is better than cure
preventive (current term)
preventive attack
preventive medicine
preventive strike

Literary usage of Preventive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Health Security: The President's Report to the American People by Domestic Policy Council (U. S.) (1993)
"The Health Security Act covers a wide range of preventive services with no ... It provides for universal coverage of clinical preventive services that have ..."

2. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"SECTION V. preventive Service Minister. Enact ire. ART. 1. To the preventive Service Minister, it belongs to give, under the Prime Minister, execution and ..."

3. Preventing Deadly Conflict edited by David A. Hamburg, Cyrus R. Vance (1998)
"preventive DIPLOMACY Simply knowing about a developing crisis is not enough. As a minimum step to arrest potential violence and to address humanitarian ..."

4. The Laryngoscope by American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (1908)
"Prophylaxis of Diphtheria by the preventive Injections of ... preventive measures are also indicated in children attending school, or in a ward of a ..."

5. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention by DIANE Publishing Company (2004)
"Clinical preventive Services Introduction Attainment of the year 2000 national health promotion and disease prevention objectives relies substantially on ..."

6. Healthy People 2000 by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"Clinical preventive Services Clinical preventive services refer to those disease ... The effectiveness of preventive services in reducing disease, ..."

7. The State of Prisons and of Child-saving Institutions in the Civilized World by Enoch Cobb Wines (1879)
"REFORMATORY AND preventive SYSTEMS. THE preventive and reformatory work of England, so far as it relates to juveniles, is based upon a thoroughly right ..."

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