Preventive

Definition of Preventive

Pre`vent´ive
a.1.Going before; preceding.
Any previous counsel or preventive understanding.
- Cudworth.
2.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.
n.1.That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.

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