Meaning of prevention in English:


Pronunciation /prɪˈvɛnʃn/

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mass noun
  • The action of stopping something from happening or arising.

    ‘crime prevention’
    • ‘the treatment and prevention of malaria’
    • ‘He said police would be working in the community this month to highlight issues such as crime prevention.’
    • ‘She said officers would have advised the owners on what crime prevention measures they could take.’
    • ‘She said that it was up to the community to take a greater role in crime prevention.’
    • ‘The NHS was criticised for not making the treatment and prevention of obesity a top priority.’
    • ‘The money is used for pioneering research into cancer to improve prevention and treatment and to find a cure.’
    • ‘Here again we are faced with a situation where prevention is preferred to treatment.’
    • ‘Money raised will go towards research into prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.’
    • ‘One study did not report outcomes separately for treatment and prevention and so we included all women.’
    • ‘Regular eyelid hygiene is the most important part of treatment and prevention of blepharitis.’
    • ‘They have dumbed-down the debate on prevention and stifled the debate on causes.’
    • ‘We call upon the world to acknowledge that you cannot talk about prevention without treatment.’
    • ‘You can help your father get more information on heart disease and its prevention.’
    • ‘Every fire has a cause and most often there is a common sense, simple method of prevention.’
    • ‘All the efforts in society have to be in suicide prevention and in reducing the rate of suicide.’
    • ‘Benefits advice, help with language skills, and accident prevention is also offered.’
    • ‘The more people who know about causes and prevention of this condition, the better their future will be.’
    • ‘He too believes the money would be better spent on prevention of disease.’
    • ‘He expressed his views on the issue at a workshop on suicide prevention in the city the other day.’
    • ‘They urge linking with education departments on decay prevention in schools.’
    • ‘Even the recommendation for prevention of fracture is based on weak evidence.’
    hindrance, hampering, holding back, discouragement, obstruction, impediment, retardation


    prevention is better than cure
    • It's easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.

      ‘Remember, prevention is better than cure and is much cheaper both in terms of hardware damage/replacement and lost production due to data loss.’
      • ‘While council officials are not unduly worried they are nonetheless taking the view that prevention is better than cure, especially if the hot weather continues for the rest of August.’
      • ‘We believe that prevention is better than cure, and we keep up with latest technology and colours to find the best for our customers.’
      • ‘With back pain, prevention is better than cure.’
      • ‘The prescription for climate change is that prevention is better than cure.’