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Meaning & Definition of Preventive in English

English

Preventive

/prɪvɛntɪv/

noun

1. Remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

  • "The doctor recommended several preventatives"
    synonym:
  • preventive
  • ,
  • preventative
  • ,
  • prophylactic

2. Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

    synonym:
  • hindrance
  • ,
  • hinderance
  • ,
  • hitch
  • ,
  • preventive
  • ,
  • preventative
  • ,
  • encumbrance
  • ,
  • incumbrance
  • ,
  • interference

3. An agent or device intended to prevent conception

    synonym:
  • contraceptive
  • ,
  • preventive
  • ,
  • preventative
  • ,
  • contraceptive device
  • ,
  • prophylactic device
  • ,
  • birth control device

adjective

1. Preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

  • "Preventive medicine"
  • "Vaccines are prophylactic"
  • "A prophylactic drug"
    synonym:
  • preventive
  • ,
  • preventative
  • ,
  • prophylactic

2. Tending to prevent or hinder

    synonym:
  • preventive
  • ,
  • preventative