Definition of preventive in English:

preventive

adjective

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

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

  • A medicine or other treatment designed to prevent disease or ill health.

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

preventive

/prɪˈvɛntɪv/