American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. nonstandard A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
- n. nonstandard A thing that slows the development of an illness.
- n. A contraceptive, especially a condom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete 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.
- 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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“It is the first time the commission - the top U.N. human rights watchdog - has undertaken what it terms preventive diplomacy.”
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“Many have continued to condemn the U.S. for what they call preventive war, or pre-emption, in the case of the Iraqi invasion in 2003, calling it illegal, the unilateral invasion of a sovereign state without justification.”
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“Women would not pay more than men and insurers would invest more in preventive care and care coordination.”
“And it makes the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that is one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control.”
“For nearly a decade now, we have stumbled around this issue, unwilling to confront the reality that we are engaging in preventive detention.”
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