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Preventive - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Preventive' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Preventive [ a.]
- Going before; preceding.
- Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease.
2 . Preventive [ n.]
- That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.

Meaning of 'Preventive' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . preventive [ n]
Meaning (1):
- remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
Example in sentence:
  • the doctor recommended several preventatives
2 . preventive [ s]
Meaning (2):
- preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
Example in sentence:
  • a prophylactic drug;
  • preventive medicine;
  • vaccines are prophylactic