One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘preventative maintenance should include cleaning, as well as replacing worn parts’
inhibitory, preventive, deterrent, pre-emptive, obstructive
prophylactic, disease-preventing, precautionary, preventive, protective
1‘a large store of money should be held in the public treasury as a preventative against war’
precautionary measure, deterrent, preventive, preventive measure, protective measure, safeguard, security, protection, defence, hindrance, block, check, impediment, curb, restraint, obstruction
2‘fluoride came to be used and accepted as a preventative for tooth decay’
prophylactic, prophylactic device, prophylactic medicine, preventive, preventive drug
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