Designed to keep something undesirable such as illness, harm, or accidents from occurring; preventive.‘a number of preventative measures are required’
inhibitory, preventive, deterrent, pre-emptive, obstructiveprophylactic, disease-preventing, precautionary, preventive, protectiveView synonyms
- ‘preventative medicine’
A medicine or other treatment designed to stop disease or ill health from occurring.
precautionary measure, deterrent, preventive, preventive measure, protective measure, safeguard, security, protection, defence, hindrance, block, check, impediment, curb, restraint, obstructionprophylactic, prophylactic device, prophylactic medicine, preventive, preventive drugView synonyms
- ‘there are lots of proposed jet lag remedies and preventatives’
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