preventive
I adjective alert, antidotal, antiseptic, arresting, aseptic, averting, blocking, careful, cautious, checking, counteractant, counteracting, defensive, deterrent, deterring, disinfectant, forestalling, germicidal, guarded, guarding, hindering, hygienic, impedimental, impeding, impeditive, inhibitive, inhibitory, interfering, judicious, neutralizing, obstructive, opposing, precautionary, preclusive, preservative, preventative, prohibitive, prophylactic, protecting, protective, provident, regardful, resistive, restraining, restrictive, retardant, safeguarding, shielding, thwarting, warding off, watchful II index barrier, prohibitive (restrictive), prophylactic, protective, restrictive, salutary

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  • Preventive — Pre*vent ive, a. [Cf. F. pr[ e]ventif.] 1. Going before; preceding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Any previous counsel or preventive understanding. Cudworth. [1913 Webster] 2. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preventive — pre‧ven‧tive [prɪˈventɪv] also pre‧ven‧ta‧tive [ ˈventətɪv] adjective [only before a noun] intended to stop something happening: • improvements in auto safety and other preventive measures. * * * preventive UK US /prɪˈventɪv/ adjective [before… …   Financial and business terms

  • preventive — preventive, preventative Both words are in use as adjectives meaning ‘serving to prevent’, especially in medicine, and also as nouns denoting a substance or procedure that does this. Preventive is the commoner by a long way (with four times as… …   Modern English usage

  • preventive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ designed to prevent something from occurring. ► NOUN ▪ a preventive medicine or other treatment …   English terms dictionary

  • Preventive — Pre*vent ive, n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preventive — (adj.) 1630s, from L. praevent (pp. stem of praevenire, see PREVENT (Cf. prevent)) + IVE (Cf. ive). As a noun, from 1630s; in medical use from 1670s …   Etymology dictionary

  • preventive — [prē vent′ə tiv, pri vent′ə tivprē vent′iv, privent′iv] adj. preventing or serving to prevent; esp., preventing disease n. anything that prevents; esp., anything that prevents disease; prophylactic: Also preventative [prē vent′ə tiv, pri vent′ə… …   English World dictionary

  • preventive — adj. & n. adj. serving to prevent, esp. preventing disease, breakdown, etc. (preventive medicine; preventive maintenance). n. a preventive agent, measure, drug, etc. Phrases and idioms: preventive detention the imprisonment of a criminal for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • preventive — I. noun Date: circa 1639 something that prevents; especially something used to prevent disease II. adjective Date: circa 1626 devoted to or concerned with prevention ; precautionary < preventive steps against soil erosion >: as a. designed or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Préventive — Prévention La prévention est une attitude et/ou l ensemble de mesures à prendre pour éviter qu une situation (sociale, environnementale, économique..) ne se dégrade, ou qu un accident, une épidémie ou une maladie ne survienne. Elle… …   Wikipédia en Français

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