Definition of preventive in English:



  • Designed to keep something undesirable such as illness or harm from occurring.

    ‘preventive medicine’
    • ‘He took his discharge there and worked in a mission hospital, an experience that led him to take up preventive medicine.’
    • ‘Soldiers must take preventive measures and be trained to detect signs of illness in colleagues.’
    • ‘Are we sure that the balance sheet of preventive activity really offers more good than harm?’
    • ‘However, there have been no clinical trials of preventive therapy in HIV positive children.’
    • ‘In some countries, junior students provided preventive health care directly to underserved populations.’
    • ‘Once errors are recognised their causes must be analysed so that preventive measures can be applied.’
    • ‘He had a varied and successful career in public health, where a particular interest was preventive medicine.’
    • ‘Health authorities initiated preventive measures to prevent infectious diseases, if any.’
    • ‘However, the efficacy of preventive therapy in this group has not been demonstrated.’
    • ‘We are entering a new era in preventive medicine, which focuses on diet as a means to health.’
    • ‘Until recently there were only two kinds of medical activity: preventive and curative.’
    • ‘The one area of food writing that remained substantially the same was that concerned with books addressing diet as preventive.’
    • ‘Active tuberculosis must be excluded before beginning preventive therapy.’
    • ‘Lord Justice May said the police were entitled to take preventive measures to avoid breaches of the peace.’
    • ‘There are some important preventive measures that can be done to avoid a recurrent stroke.’
    • ‘As family physicians, we're supposed to be experts in the area of preventive medicine.’
    • ‘Since you have already been tested, ask your neurologist about preventive medication.’
    • ‘The effect of preventive measures on the incidence of ankle sprains.’
    • ‘Wider community education is required as a primary preventive measure.’
    • ‘You will not become addicted to preventive medicines for asthma, even if you use them for many years.’
    prophylactic, disease-preventing, precautionary, protective
    inhibitory, deterrent, pre-emptive, obstructive
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  • A medicine or other treatment designed to prevent disease or ill health.

    ‘quinine was used as a malaria preventive’
    • ‘In fact, to be most effective, feverfew should be used on a regular basis as a preventive.’
    • ‘But don't expect that to stop drug companies from hyping their cholesterol lowering products as preventives for breast cancer.’
    • ‘Drug analysis is a method that can be used both as a preventive and as an early detection tool.’
    • ‘Silicone greases are probably not effective preventives.’
    • ‘And, he says, the most powerful preventives are on the shelves of your natural foods store.’
    • ‘For a period of time, a lot of people took this as theoretically a heart disease preventive.’
    • ‘One dose can often bring instant relief, and you can take these herbs every day as a preventive.’
    • ‘Considered a leading expert on flea control, Dryden says natural flea preventives, such as adding garlic to the pet's food or using the aromatic oils of cedar, lavender, mint and rosemary, are ineffective.’
    • ‘In addition, an aspirin a day may be an excellent preventive for those at risk of a heart attack.’
    • ‘Now the cheapest drug in the pharmacy appears to be gaining ground as a major cancer preventive.’
    • ‘In addition, these are all measures at the end of the line that need to be complemented by many more preventives.’
    • ‘The world's best nausea preventive, ginger also is useful in treating arthritis.’
    • ‘Hop Sing had told him how effective they could be as a preventive against disease.’
    • ‘Eating garlic and plenty of vitamin C are useful anti-viral preventives.’
    • ‘However, these steels are sometimes subject to stress-corrosion or hydrogen stress cracking; then other preventives are needed, in addition to coatings.’
    • ‘Of course a wedding is no guarantee one won't leave in the future, but it can be a preventive.’
    • ‘It is now available homeopathically and in various preparations as an asthma preventive.’
    • ‘For years, businesses have sold shark cartilage as a cancer cure or preventive.’
    • ‘Take half a cup of feverfew tea every hour at the first sign of migraine attack or tension, or one cup every morning as a preventive.’
    • ‘Hence the antibiotic may be useful as a preventive as well as a treatment.’
    prophylactic, prophylactic device, prophylactic medicine, preventive drug
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