What does preventive mean?

Definitions for preventiveprɪˈvɛn tɪv; -tə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preventive.

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

  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

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. prventif.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nikolay Nenchev:

    It is very worrying, so we take preventive measures.

  2. Eran Bendavid:

    These are all evidence-based alternative preventive methods.

  3. Deborah Moore:

    If people are concerned about tooth decay the best thing to do is be preventive.

  4. Elizardo Sanchez:

    A similar number have been threatened or warned. It's preventive police repression.

  5. Ricardo Garcia:

    This is only something given to sick fish so they don't die. It's not something preventive.

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