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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preventive  \Pre*vent"ive\,  n. 
  That  which  prevents,  hinders,  or  obstructs;  that  which 
  intercepts  access  in  medicine,  something  to  prevent  disease; 
  a  prophylactic. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Preventive  \Pre*vent"ive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  pr['e]ventif.] 
  1.  Going  before  preceding.  [Obs.] 
  Any  previous  counsel  or  preventive  understanding. 
  2.  Tending  to  defeat  or  hinder;  obviating;  preventing  the 
  access  of  as  a  medicine  preventive  of  disease. 
  Physic  is  either  curative  or  preventive.  --Sir  T. 
  {Preventive  service},  the  duty  performed  by  the  armed  police 
  in  guarding  the  coast  against  smuggling.  [Eng] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  preventing  or  contributing  to  the  prevention  of  disease; 
  "preventive  medicine";  "vaccines  are  prophylactic";  "a 
  prophylactic  drug"  [syn:  {preventative},  {prophylactic}] 
  2:  tending  to  prevent  or  hinder  [syn:  {preventative}]  [ant:  {permissive}] 
  3:  tending  to  ward  off  "the  swastika...a  very  ancient 
  prophylactic  symbol  occurring  among  all  peoples"-  Victor 
  Schultze  [syn:  {cautionary},  {prophylactic}] 
  n  1:  something  that  prevents  or  slows  the  course  of  an  illness  or 
  disease;  "the  docotr  recommended  several  preventatives" 
  [syn:  {preventative},  {prophylactic}] 
  2:  something  that  impedes  or  is  burdensome  [syn:  {hindrance},  {hitch}, 
  {preventative},  {encumbrance},  {incumbrance},  {interference}] 
  3:  an  agent  or  device  intended  to  prevent  conception  [syn:  {contraceptive}, 
  {preventative},  {contraceptive  device},  {prophylactic 
  device},  {birth  control  device}] 

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