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Definitions for preventive
prɪˈvɛn tɪv; -tə tɪvpre·ven·tive

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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


  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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prventif.]

  2. Preventive(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prventif.]

  3. Preventive(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prventif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preventive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preventive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of preventive in a Sentence

  1. Eran Bendavid:

    These are all evidence-based alternative preventive methods.

  2. Wendy King:

    Preventive care on the recommended schedule will help to save you money in the long run, and help you to really modify your risk factors over time.

  3. Spiro Agnew:

    There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded. I think its one of the tendencies of the liberal community to feel that every person in a nation of over 200 million people can be made into a productive citizen. Im realist enough to believe this cant be. Were always going to have our prisons, were always going to have our places of preventive detention for psychopaths, and were always going to have a certain number of people in our community who have no desire to achieve or who have no desire to even fit in an amicable way with the rest of society. And these people should be separated from the community, not in a callous way but they should be separated as far as any idea that their opinions shall have any effect on the course we follow.

  4. Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen:

    Israeli preventive operations, a relatively stable economy, the public's desire to preserve personal prosperity - all of these and other factors significantly and effectively counter-act destabilizing elements like the absence of a diplomatic horizon, international triggers or Hamas efforts.

  5. John Gore:

    I do not think we need to tell men `if you don’t use it, you lose it,’ if lower ejaculation frequency prompts a man to schedule a visit with a primary care provider or specialist, and that visit serves to examine and promote preventive care and wellness, then that would be a successful application of the results of this study.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. abrade
    • B. gloat
    • C. huff
    • D. knead

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