Definition of preventative in US English:

preventative

noun & adjective

  • another term for preventive
    • ‘She would like to become an equine practitioner specializing in preventative medicine.’
    • ‘Along with the Netherlands, it has applied to the EU to start preventative vaccination of domestic birds in some areas.’
    • ‘Treatments include preventative medicines and those for use in acute attacks.’
    • ‘There needs to be a massive shift in the health care system from treatment to preventative care.’
    • ‘In one story on calcium channel blockers - hypertension preventatives - the media overdramatized the drugs' risks.’
    • ‘They aim to have a preventative medication on the market by mid next year.’
    • ‘At the same time, last weekend the UN admitted that HIV infection (passed on mainly through sexual activity) is spreading worldwide, despite the use of preventatives and precautions (such as use of condoms).’
    • ‘Treatments are not intended to be used as preventatives.’
    • ‘Veterinarians from across the country report that dog owners have trouble remembering to give monthly heartworm preventatives as prescribed.’
    • ‘Granger's framework can be seen as a preventative in minimizing the use of meaningless correlations.’
    • ‘Remember that the preventative drugs for malaria need to be continued for one month after leaving the malarial region.’
    • ‘One way is by ensuring that your pet is on a monthly parasite preventative.’
    • ‘Perfect for weight loss charms and acne preventatives.’
    • ‘They learn about condoms, as a preventative against disease, not pregnancy, for obvious reasons.’
    • ‘And, as we might imagine, Florida state government officials are regularly offered new supposed cures and preventatives.’
    • ‘Or should you bother, if some of the preventatives have potentially alarming side-effects?’
    • ‘As part of preventative maintenance, periodic checks of the endoscopes are done.’
    • ‘Non-medical advice to take Ciprofloxacin, for example, as a preventative is totally wrong.’
    • ‘Do the best for your cats and kittens by taking them to a vet for preventative vaccinations.’
    • ‘For those drinking three to four cups of coffee per day the preventative effect was even greater.’

Pronunciation

preventative

/prəˈven(t)ədiv//prəˈvɛn(t)ədɪv/