Definition of prevention in English:



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.’