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English definition of “preventive”


adjective [before noun] uk   /prɪˈven.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/ (also preventative)
C2 intended to stop something before it happens: In the past ten years, preventive measures have radically reduced levels of tooth decay in children. preventative medicinePreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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