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  Definition of preventative
  1. an agent or device intended to prevent conception
  2. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  3. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
  4. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
  5. tending to prevent or hinder
Similar Words: contraceptive, preventive, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device, hindrance, hitch, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference, prophylactic

 

See Also: protective

 

Hyponyms: cervical cap, coil, condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic, diaphragm, pessary, contraceptive diaphragm, intrauterine device, IUD, morning-after pill, pill, birth control pill, contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive, anovulatory drug, anovulant, spermicide, spermatocide, clog, speed bump

 

Derivational Morphology: impede, hinder

 

 
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