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  Definition of preventive
  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
  6. tending to ward off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze
Similar Words: contraceptive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device, hindrance, hitch, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference, prophylactic, cautionary

 

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

 

Anagrams: prevenient

 

 
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