Preventive service
Preventive Pre*vent"ive, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]ventif.] 1. Going before; preceding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Any previous counsel or preventive understanding. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

2. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease. [1913 Webster]

Physic is either curative or preventive. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

{Preventive service}, the duty performed by the armed police in guarding the coast against smuggling. [Eng] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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