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Meaning of preventive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    preventive ( comparative more preventive, superlative most preventive )

    1. Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to .
    2. Carried out to deter military aggression .
    3. Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic .


    preventive ( plural: preventives )

    1. ( nonstandard ) A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to .
    2. ( nonstandard ) A thing that slows the development of an illness .
    3. A contraceptive, especially a condom .

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Explanation of preventive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

    2. preventive medicine
    3. tending to prevent or hinder

    1. an agent or device intended to prevent conception

    2. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

    3. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

    Definition of preventive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Preventive a. [Cf. F. préventif.]
      1. Going before; preceding. [Obs.]

      Any previous counsel or preventive understanding. Cudworth.

      2. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, “a medicine preventive of disease”.

      Physic is either curative or preventive. Sir T. Browne.

      Preventive service, the duty performed by the armed police in guarding the coast against smuggling. [Eng]

    2. Preventive, n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.