from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Intended or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle: preventive measures.
- adj. Carried out to deter expected aggression by hostile forces.
- adj. Preventing or slowing the course of an illness or disease; prophylactic: preventive medicine; preventive health care.
- n. Something that prevents; an obstacle.
- n. Something that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.
- adj. Carried out to deter military aggression.
- adj. Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic.
- n. A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
- n. A thing that slows the development of an illness.
- n. A contraceptive, especially a condom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Going before; preceding.
- adj. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of.
- n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to prevent or hinder; guarding against or warding off something, as disease, injustice, loss, etc.
- n. That which goes before; an anticipation.
- n. That which prevents; that which constitutes an effectual check or insurmountable obstacle.
- n. Specifically, something taken, used, or done beforehand to ward off disease.
- n. Also preventative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
- 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
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