Meaning of “prevention” in the English Dictionary

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"prevention" in British English

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preventionnoun [ U ]

uk /prɪˈven.ʃən/ us /prɪˈven.ʃən/

B2 the act of stopping something from happening or of stopping someone from doing something:

crime prevention
The organization is committed to AIDS prevention and education.

More examples

  • As far as health is concerned, it is often said that prevention is better than cure.
  • His research in the field of disease prevention produced unexpected results.
  • Accident prevention must be viewed as a priority.
  • fire prevention officers
  • Health education in the local population is crucial to the prevention of killer diseases.

(Definition of “prevention” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)