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Adjective: preventative  pri'ven-tu-tiv
  1. Tending to prevent or hinder
    - preventive
  2. Preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
    "preventative medicine";
    - preventive, prophylactic
Noun: preventative  pri'ven-tu-tiv
  1. Remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
    "the doctor recommended several preventatives";
    - preventive, prophylactic
  2. Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    - hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference
  3. An agent or device intended to prevent conception
    - contraceptive, preventive, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device

Derived forms: preventatives

See also: blockading, clogging, deterrent, frustrating, frustrative, healthful, hindering, impeding, obstructive, obviating, precautional, precautionary, preclusive, preemptive, pre-emptive, prohibitive, prohibitory, protective, thwarting

Type of: curative, cure, device, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, remedy, therapeutic