Pre*ven"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. pr'evention.]
The act of going, or state of being, before.
The greater the distance, the greater the prevention.
Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought.
The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting.
Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.
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