Definition of prevention noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prɪˈvenʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈvenʃn//
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  • the act of stopping something bad from happening accident/crime prevention the prevention of disease a fire prevention officer
  • Extra examples a crime prevention scheme a drug prevention programme crime prevention strategies drug prevention policies accident/​crime preventionIdioms
    prevention is better than cure (British English) (US English an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure)
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    (saying) it is better to stop something bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prevention