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English adjective: preventative

1. preventative tending to prevent or hinder


Similarblockading, clogging, deterrent, frustrating, frustrative, hindering, impeding, obstructive, obviating, pre-emptive, precautional, precautionary, preclusive, preemptive, prohibitive, prohibitory, thwarting

See alsoprotective


2. preventative preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

SamplesPreventive medicine.
Vaccines are prophylactic.
A prophylactic drug.

Synonymspreventive, prophylactic



English noun: preventative

1. preventative (artifact) remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

SamplesThe doctor recommended several preventatives.

Synonymspreventive, prophylactic

Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

2. preventative (artifact) any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Synonymsencumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventive

Broader (hypernym)impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor

Narrower (hyponym)clog, speed bump

3. preventative (artifact) an agent or device intended to prevent conception

Synonymsbirth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventive, prophylactic device

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)anovulant, anovulatory drug, birth control pill, cervical cap, coil, condom, contraceptive diaphragm, contraceptive pill, diaphragm, intrauterine device, IUD, morning-after pill, oral contraceptive, oral contraceptive pill, pessary, pill, prophylactic, rubber, safe, safety, spermatocide, spermicide

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