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preventive

  

      adj  
1    tending or intended to prevent or hinder  
2      (Med)  
a    tending to prevent disease; prophylactic  
b    of or relating to the branch of medicine concerned with prolonging life and preventing disease  
3    (in Britain) of, relating to, or belonging to the customs and excise service or the coastguard  
      n  
4    something that serves to prevent or hinder  
5      (Med)   any drug or agent that tends to prevent or protect against disease  
6       another name for       contraceptive     (Also (except for sense 3))    preventative  
  preventively      adv  
  preventiveness      n  
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preventive

  
, preventative  
      adj  
1    hampering, hindering, impeding, obstructive  
2    counteractive, deterrent, inhibitory, precautionary, prophylactic, protective, shielding  
      n  
3    block, hindrance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction  
4    deterrent, neutralizer, prevention, prophylactic, protection, protective, remedy, safeguard, shield  

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