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prɪˈvɛn ʃənpre·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevention, bar(noun)

    the act of preventing

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


  1. prevention(Noun)

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

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

    Etymology: Compare prévention

  2. prevention(Noun)

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

    Etymology: Compare prévention

  3. prevention(Noun)

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

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

    Etymology: Compare prévention

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prevention(noun)

    the act of going, or state of being, before

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prvention.]

  2. Prevention(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prvention.]

  3. Prevention(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prvention.]

  4. Prevention(noun)

    prejudice; prepossession

    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

British National Corpus

  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. Damian Real:

    Basically what it does is that it has a central part, LED lights which are lit all the time. When the cyclist moves to the left it activates the indicator on the left side. When the right arm is moved it activates the indicator on the right side. This system has two forms, one which is prevention and to illuminate and the other is an alert system. This system connects to mobile phone sensors so that when there is a change in acceleration it sends those registered details that there is a change in acceleration and probably an accident and a location where the cyclist can be found. So it has two things, firstly prevention and the other is an alert system in case of an accident.

  2. Thomson Reuters I/B/E:

    In addition, our newly announced high-end and data centre security appliances, optimised to deliver next generation threat prevention, got off to a great start in the marketplace.

  3. Lindley Johnson:

    The nation already has significant scientific, technical and operation capabilities that are relevant to asteroid impact prevention.

  4. John Ayers:

    When Magic Johnson made his disclosure, there wasn't a similar reaction. There couldn't be, because people didn't know what to do, remember, people (were) asking, 'Can he play basketball?' 'Can I shake his hand?' There wasn't this trove of information about HIV, HIV prevention and HIV testing. When Sheen disclosed, there was this trove of information.

  5. Heidi Blanck:

    This new information gives us hope that our efforts across the US are making a difference, we saw the rates in 2014, which were 14.5 %, had come down a little bit from 2010 [ at 16 % ], and now in 2016, they are down to 14 %. So we are continually seeing a modest drop. It gives us hope that prevention efforts are making a difference by seeing the numbers continuing to going in the right direction.

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