Definition of preventive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈventɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈventɪv//
(also preventative
BrE BrE//prɪˈventətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈventətɪv//
[only before noun]
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intended to try to stop something that causes problems or difficulties from happening preventive medicine The police were able to take preventive action and avoid a possible riot. compare curative
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: preventive