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.


  1. prevention

    Prevention refers to the action of stopping something from happening or arising. It involves taking anticipatory measures or steps to decrease the likelihood of a particular event, issue, or disease from occurring, often with the goal of promoting health and well-being. This can include education, medical intervention, policy changes, or other proactive strategies.

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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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. Thomas Edison:

    The Doctor of the Future will give no medicine but will interest [teach] his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

  2. Aristotle:

    A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.

  3. Wail Hayajneh:

    I'm very sad because in pediatrics we believe in prevention, as an infectious disease person I think prevention is the core of dealing with infectious disease. Prevention is cheap, prevention is achievable, prevention in the United States is in the reach of our hands and we don't do it.

  4. Jay Abiona:

    When conducting a security assessment or an investigation, I am convinced that analyzing the past, evaluating the present and providing a plan for the future; establishes a credible solution that will protect you, your family and your assets. Protection is a matter of prevention, not reaction.

  5. Thomas Edison:

    The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

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