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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•ven•tiveprɪˈvɛn tɪv; -tə tɪv(adj.)

also pre•vent•a•tive

  1. serving to prevent or hinder:

    preventive measures.

  2. concerned with prevention, as of disease:

    preventive medicine.

  3. (n.)a drug or other substance for preventing disease.

    Category: Medicine

  4. a preventive agent or measure.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preventive, preventative, prophylactic(noun)

    remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

    "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

  2. hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference(noun)

    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

  3. contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device(adj)

    an agent or device intended to prevent conception

  4. preventive, preventative, prophylactic(adj)

    preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

    "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"

  5. preventive, preventative(adj)

    tending to prevent or hinder

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. preventive(adjective)ɪˈvɛn tɪv

    done as a way of preventing sth

    preventive medicine


  1. preventive(Noun)

    A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.

  2. preventive(Noun)

    A thing that slows the development of an illness.

  3. preventive(Noun)

    A contraceptive, especially a condom.

  4. preventive(Adjective)

    Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.

  5. preventive(Adjective)

    Carried out to deter military aggression.

  6. preventive(Adjective)

    Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preventive(adj)

    going before; preceding

  2. Preventive(adj)

    tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease

  3. Preventive(noun)

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

Translations for preventive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


that helps to prevent illness etc

preventive medicine.

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