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Meaning of prevention by Wiktionary Dictionary

prevention


    Etymology

    Compare French prévention

    prevent + -tion

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /pɹɪˈvɛnʃən/, SAMPA: /pr`I"vEnS@n/

    Noun

    prevention ( uncountable )

    1. ( obsolete ) The act of going, or state of being, before .
      The greater the distance, the greater the prevention. --Bacon .
    2. ( obsolete ) Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs, wishes, hazards and risks ; hence, precaution; forethought. --Hammond. Shak .
    3. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting. --South .
      Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. --Shakespeare .


Explanation of prevention by Wordnet Dictionary

prevention


    Noun
    1. the act of preventing

    2. money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza


    Definition of prevention by GCIDE Dictionary

    prevention


    1. Prevention n. [Cf. F. prévention.]
      1. The act of going, or state of being, before. [Obs.]

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

      2. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought. [Obs.] Hammond. Shak.

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

      Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Shak.

      4. Prejudice; prepossession. [A Gallicism] Dryden.