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Preventative   /privˈɛntətɪv/   Listen

Remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease.  Synonyms: preventive, prophylactic.
Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome.  Synonyms: encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventive.
An agent or device intended to prevent conception.  Synonyms: birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventive, prophylactic device.

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"Preventative" Quotes from Famous Books

... few gum-trees the vicinity was clear and open. Our position in the creek on the contrary was close and confined. Heavy gusts of wind were constantly sweeping the valley, and filling the air with sand, and the flies were so numerous and troublesome that they were a preventative to all work. I determined, therefore, before Mr. Browne and I should start for the interior, to remove the camp to the upper part of the glen. On the 4th we struck our tents and again pitched them close to the acacias. Early on the morning of the 5th, I sent ...
— Expedition into Central Australia • Charles Sturt

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