Dictionary Results for preventive


1. preventive - noun

· remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

Synonym(s): preventative, prophylactic

Hypernym(s): remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic




2. preventive - noun

· any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Synonym(s): hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference

Hypernym(s): obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta




3. preventive - noun

· an agent or device intended to prevent conception

Synonym(s): contraceptive, preventative, contraceptive_device, prophylactic_device, birth_control_device

Hypernym(s): device




4. preventive - adjective

· preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"

Synonym(s): preventative, prophylactic




5. preventive - adjective

· tending to prevent or hinder

Synonym(s): preventative

Antonym(s): permissive





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