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Definition 1: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where preventative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the doctor recommended several preventatives

Synonyms for preventative in the sense of this definition

(preventative is a kind of ...) a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

Definition 2: an agent or device intended to prevent conception - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for preventative in the sense of this definition

(preventative is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of preventative ) a contraceptive device consisting of a small thimble-shaped cup that is placed over the uterine cervix to prevent the entrance of spermatozoa

(... is a kind of preventative ) a contraceptive device placed inside a woman's womb

(... is a kind of preventative ) contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

(... is a kind of preventative ) a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix

(... is a kind of preventative ) contraceptive device consisting of a piece of bent plastic or metal that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus

(... is a kind of preventative ) a large dose of estrogen taken orally within 24 to 72 hours after intercourse; prevents implantation of a fertilized ovum and so acts as a contraceptive; commonly used after rape or incest

(... is a kind of preventative ) a contraceptive in the form of a pill containing estrogen and progestin to inhibit ovulation and so prevent conception

(... is a kind of preventative ) a contraceptive agent that kills spermatozoa

Definition 3: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for preventative in the sense of this definition

(preventative is a kind of ...) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of preventative ) any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

(... is a kind of preventative ) a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway

Definition 4: tending to prevent or hinder - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for preventative in the sense of this definition

(preventative is similar to ...) blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harbors

"the blockading ships prevented delivery of munitions"

(preventative is similar to ...) preventing movement

"the clogging crowds of revelers overflowing into the street"

(preventative is similar to ...) tending to deter

"the deterrent effects of high prices"

(preventative is similar to ...) preventing realization or attainment of a desire

(preventative is similar to ...) taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure

"gave precautionary advice" "I would take precautionary steps to keep him away"

(preventative is similar to ...) made impossible

(preventative is similar to ...) designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

"a preemptive business offer"

(preventative is similar to ...) tending to discourage (especially of prices)

"the price was prohibitive"

(means also ...) intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

"a protective covering" "the use of protective masks and equipment" "protective coatings" "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody" "animals with protective coloring" "protective tariffs"

Definition 5: preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where preventative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • preventive medicine
  • vaccines are prophylactic
  • a prophylactic drug

Synonyms for preventative in the sense of this definition

(preventative is similar to ...) conducive to good health of body or mind

"a healthful climate" "a healthful environment" "healthful nutrition" "healthful sleep" "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"

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