Definition of prevention in English:

prevention

noun

  • The action of stopping something from happening or arising.

    ‘crime prevention’
    ‘the treatment and prevention of malaria’
    • ‘He said police would be working in the community this month to highlight issues such as crime prevention.’
    • ‘We call upon the world to acknowledge that you cannot talk about prevention without treatment.’
    • ‘The money is used for pioneering research into cancer to improve prevention and treatment and to find a cure.’
    • ‘The NHS was criticised for not making the treatment and prevention of obesity a top priority.’
    • ‘Regular eyelid hygiene is the most important part of treatment and prevention of blepharitis.’
    • ‘The more people who know about causes and prevention of this condition, the better their future will be.’
    • ‘They urge linking with education departments on decay prevention in schools.’
    • ‘She said officers would have advised the owners on what crime prevention measures they could take.’
    • ‘All the efforts in society have to be in suicide prevention and in reducing the rate of suicide.’
    • ‘Money raised will go towards research into prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.’
    • ‘Even the recommendation for prevention of fracture is based on weak evidence.’
    • ‘You can help your father get more information on heart disease and its prevention.’
    • ‘Every fire has a cause and most often there is a common sense, simple method of prevention.’
    • ‘He too believes the money would be better spent on prevention of disease.’
    • ‘He expressed his views on the issue at a workshop on suicide prevention in the city the other day.’
    • ‘She said that it was up to the community to take a greater role in crime prevention.’
    • ‘They have dumbed-down the debate on prevention and stifled the debate on causes.’
    • ‘Benefits advice, help with language skills, and accident prevention is also offered.’
    • ‘One study did not report outcomes separately for treatment and prevention and so we included all women.’
    • ‘Here again we are faced with a situation where prevention is preferred to treatment.’
    hindrance, hampering, holding back, discouragement, obstruction, impediment, retardation
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Phrases

  • an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

    • proverb It's easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.

      • ‘With back pain, prevention is better than cure.’
      • ‘We believe that prevention is better than cure, and we keep up with latest technology and colours to find the best for our customers.’
      • ‘Remember, prevention is better than cure and is much cheaper both in terms of hardware damage/replacement and lost production due to data loss.’
      • ‘The prescription for climate change is that prevention is better than cure.’
      • ‘While council officials are not unduly worried they are nonetheless taking the view that prevention is better than cure, especially if the hot weather continues for the rest of August.’

Pronunciation

prevention

/prəˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n//prəˈven(t)SH(ə)n/