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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of preventive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative form of preventive.
  • n. Alternative form of preventive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which prevents; -- incorrectly used instead of preventive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as preventive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to prevent or hinder
  • adj. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
  • n. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  • n. an agent or device intended to prevent conception
  • n. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

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