preventive

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 preventive — pre‧ven‧tive [prɪˈventɪv] also pre‧ven‧ta‧tive [ ˈventətɪv] adjective [only before a noun] intended to stop something happening: • improvements in auto safety and other preventive measures. * * * preventive UK US /prɪˈventɪv/ adjective [before… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 preventive — preventive, preventative Both words are in use as adjectives meaning ‘serving to prevent’, especially in medicine, and also as nouns denoting a substance or procedure that does this. Preventive is the commoner by a long way (with four times as… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 preventive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ designed to prevent something from occurring. ► NOUN ▪ a preventive medicine or other treatment …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Preventive — Pre*vent ive, n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 preventive — I adjective alert, antidotal, antiseptic, arresting, aseptic, averting, blocking, careful, cautious, checking, counteractant, counteracting, defensive, deterrent, deterring, disinfectant, forestalling, germicidal, guarded, guarding, hindering,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 preventive — (adj.) 1630s, from L. praevent (pp. stem of praevenire, see PREVENT (Cf. prevent)) + IVE (Cf. ive). As a noun, from 1630s; in medical use from 1670s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 preventive — [prē vent′ə tiv, pri vent′ə tivprē vent′iv, privent′iv] adj. preventing or serving to prevent; esp., preventing disease n. anything that prevents; esp., anything that prevents disease; prophylactic: Also preventative [prē vent′ə tiv, pri vent′ə… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 preventive — adj. & n. adj. serving to prevent, esp. preventing disease, breakdown, etc. (preventive medicine; preventive maintenance). n. a preventive agent, measure, drug, etc. Phrases and idioms: preventive detention the imprisonment of a criminal for… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 preventive — I. noun Date: circa 1639 something that prevents; especially something used to prevent disease II. adjective Date: circa 1626 devoted to or concerned with prevention ; precautionary < preventive steps against soil erosion >: as a. designed or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 Préventive — Prévention La prévention est une attitude et/ou l ensemble de mesures à prendre pour éviter qu une situation (sociale, environnementale, économique..) ne se dégrade, ou qu un accident, une épidémie ou une maladie ne survienne. Elle… …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 12 preventive — SYN: prophylactic (1). [L. prae venio, pp. ventus, to come before, prevent] * * * pre·ven·tive vent iv n something (as a drug) used to prevent disease preventive adj devoted to or concerned with the prevention of disease <preventive drug… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 13 préventive — ● préventif, préventive adjectif (latin praeventum, de praevenire, devancer) Qui est destiné à prévenir, à empêcher un mal, une maladie, etc., de se produire : Traitement préventif. ● préventif, préventive (expressions) adjectif (latin praeventum …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 14 preventive — pre|vent|ive [prıˈventıv] adj also preventative [only before noun] intended to stop something you do not want to happen, such as illness, from happening ▪ preventive health programs preventive action/measure ▪ While travelling abroad, take… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 preventive — pre|ven|tive [ prı ventıv ] adjective done so that something does not become worse or turn into a problem: preventive care/drugs/examinations preventive measures: Water shortages will become acute unless preventive measures are taken now …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 preventive — [[t]prɪve̱ntɪv[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Preventive actions are intended to help prevent things such as disease or crime. Too much is spent on expensive curative medicine and too little on preventive medicine... People accused the ministry of failing… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 preventive — also preventative adjective (only before noun) intended to prevent something you do not want to happen, such as illness, or crime: preventive health programs | preventive actions/measures (=actions intended to stop something happening or a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 preventive — UK [prɪˈventɪv] / US adjective done so that something does not become worse or turn into a problem preventive care/drugs/examinations preventive measures: Water shortages will become acute unless preventive measures are taken now …

    English dictionary

  • 19 preventive — pre•ven•tive [[t]prɪˈvɛn tɪv[/t]] also pre•vent•a•tive [[t] tə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) serving to prevent or hinder: preventive measures[/ex] 2) concerned with prevention, as of disease: preventive medicine[/ex] 3) med a drug or other substance for… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 preventive — preventively, adv. preventiveness, n. /pri ven tiv/, adj. 1. Med. of or noting a drug, vaccine, etc., for preventing disease; prophylactic. 2. serving to prevent or hinder: preventive measures. n. 3. Med. a drug or other substance for preventing… …

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