Preventive meaning

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Preventive is defined as a medicine or treatment designed to prevent disease or something from happening.

A vaccine to prevent you from getting the flu is an example of a preventive.

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Preventing or slowing the course of an illness or disease; prophylactic.

Preventive medicine; preventive health care.

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Something that prevents; an obstacle.
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Something that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease.
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Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.
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Carried out to deter military aggression.
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(nonstandard) A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
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(nonstandard) A thing that slows the development of an illness.
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A contraceptive, especially a condom.
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The definition of preventive is something done to try to prevent an illness or undesirable outcome.

Going to visit the doctor when you are healthy to get a checkup is an example of preventive care.

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Intended or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle.

Preventive measures.

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Carried out to deter expected aggression by hostile forces.
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Preventing or slowing the course of an illness or disease; prophylactic.

Preventive medicine; preventive health care.

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Something that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease.
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Preventing or serving to prevent; esp., preventing disease.
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Anything that prevents; esp., anything that prevents disease; prophylactic.
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Intended or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle.

Preventive measures.

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Something that prevents; an obstacle.
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