Meaning of “preventive” in the English Dictionary

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"preventive" in American English

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preventiveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /prɪˈven·tɪv/ also preventative, /prɪˈven·tə·t̬ɪv/

intended to stop something before it happens:

preventive measures
preventative health care

(Definition of “preventive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"preventive" in Business English

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preventiveadjective [ before noun ]

uk /prɪˈventɪv/ us also preventative

intended to stop something before it can happen, or before it becomes a problem:

He believes preventive measures could be taken to help control costs.

(Definition of “preventive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)