What does Prevention mean?

Definitions for Prevention
prɪˈvɛn ʃənpre·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevention, barnoun

    the act of preventing

    "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"


  1. preventionnoun

    The act of going, or state of being, before.

    The greater the distance, the greater the prevention. --Bacon.

  2. preventionnoun

    Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs, wishes, hazards and risks ; hence, precaution; forethought. --Hammond. Shak.

  3. preventionnoun

    The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting. --South.

    Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. --Shakespeare.

  4. Etymology: Compare prévention

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preventionnoun

    Etymology: prevention, Fr. from preventum; Lat.

    The greater the distance, the greater the prevention; as in thunder, where the lightning precedeth the crack a good space. Francis Bacon.

    No odds appear’d
    In might or swift prevention. John Milton.

    Atchievements, plots, orders, preventions,
    Success or loss. William Shakespeare.

    Half way he met
    His daring foe, at this prevention more
    Incens’d. John Milton.

    Prevention of sin is one of the greatest mercies God can vouchsafe. Robert South, Sermons.

    In reading what I have written, let them bring no particular gusto or any prevention of mind, and that whatsoever judgment they make, it may be purely their own. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preventionnoun

    the act of going, or state of being, before

  2. Preventionnoun

    anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought

  3. Preventionnoun

    the act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting

  4. Preventionnoun

    prejudice; prepossession

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. prvention.]


  1. Prevention

    Prevention is an American healthy lifestyle magazine, started in 1950, and published by Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The range of subjects includes food, nutrition, workouts, beauty, and cooking. It was founded by J. I. Rodale. It is led currently by Editorial Director Anne Alexander. Prevention is one of the largest magazines in the world, with a 2.8 million circulation, editions around the world, and over 10,000,000 readers a month. Prevention maintains a website at prevention.com.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. prevention

    1. The security procedures undertaken by the public and private sectors in order to discourage terrorist acts. 2. In space usage, measures to preclude an adversary

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prevention' in Nouns Frequency: #2260

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prevention in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prevention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Prevention in a Sentence

  1. Life Care spokesman Timothy Killian:

    We have been in discussion with the CDC( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Department of Health in Washington. They have not told us to completely quarantine in place.

  2. Joe Manchin:

    It's based around children. It's based around prevention and intervention. That's what it's based about. So we have to take what we have as a positive, and work off of this. This piece of legislation as drafted should not be threatening to any law-abiding citizen in the United States of America. Not one.

  3. Juan Guerrero:

    The genius of the attacker in the Carbanak case is taking the time to learn directly from the victim and thus bypass fraud prevention measures through sheer mimicry.

  4. Tami Skoff:

    In the setting that the unvaccinated people are from a single household, and all the unvaccinated people are at low risk of severe Covid-19 illness, no prevention measures are needed, so these visits could happen indoors with no mask or physical distancing.

  5. Stacy Kennedy:

    Making small changes in your diet can be really helpful for cancer prevention, for somebody already on a plant-based diet this study can help inform their choices about what to include in their meals, and for somebody who is eating more red meat this could encourage them to gradually cut back on that and add more fish and vegetables.

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