Pre*vent"ive (?), a. [Cf. F. pr'eventif.]


Going before; preceding.


Any previous counsel or preventive understanding. Cudworth.


Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease.

Physic is either curative or preventive. Sir T. Browne.

Preventive service, the duty performed by the armed police in guarding the coast against smuggling. [Eng]


© Webster 1913.

Pre*vent"ive, n.

That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.


© Webster 1913.

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