• Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
    Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prevention the act of preventing "there was no bar against leaving","money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize 'this' was the day of the changeover.
    • Prevention Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought.
    • Prevention Prejudice; prepossession.
    • Prevention The act of going, or state of being, before. "The greater the distance, the greater the prevention ."
    • Prevention The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting. "Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rubbing cocoa butter on your abdomen during pregnancy will prevent stretch marks.
    • n prevention The act of going before; the state of preceding or being earlier; hence, an antecedent period of time.
    • n prevention The act of anticipating or forestalling; an anticipation; provision made in advance.
    • n prevention Precaution; a precautionary measure; a preventive.
    • n prevention The act of hindering or rendering impossible by previous measures; effectual hindrance; restraint, as from an intended action; also, that which prevents; an obstacle; an obstruction or impediment.
    • n prevention Jurisdiction.
    • n prevention Prejudice; prepossession.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed in 1866.
    • Prevention act of preventing: anticipation or forethought: obstruction
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  • Paul Bourget
    Paul Bourget
    “A proof that experience is of no use, is that the end of one love does not prevent us from beginning another.”
  • George Borrow
    George Borrow
    “Next to the love of God, the love of country is the best preventive of crime.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Prevention is better than cure.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Capital punishment would be more effective as a preventive measure if it were administered prior to the crime.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “He in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him.”


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - This expression means that is is better to try to avoid problems in the first place, rather than trying to fix them once they arise.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prévention,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præventus, pa.p. of prævenīrepræ, before, venīre, to come.


In literature:

The hinge joint thus formed allows the head to nod forward, while ligaments prevent it from moving too far.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
General rule for preventing disease.
"The Young Mother" by William A. Alcott
While this would remedy the evils complained of, it would prevent the mischief which would assuredly follow the abolition.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
The order does not prevent the Husband returning to his Wife, but only prevents his taking her earnings while the desertion eontinues.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Care should be exercised in mixing and using this solution to prevent injury to the rifle.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
The intense heat applied to the food soon sears its outer surfaces, and thus prevents the escape of its juices.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
A few horsemen escaped before Stark could prevent them.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
You see the confiscation of ears, etc., did not prevent the owners going to the galleys.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
That need not prevent us from living in a palace as long as we can.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Prevent deceit from succeeding.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols

In poetry:

My waking eyes prevent the day
To meditate thy word;
My soul with longing melts away
To hear thy gospel, Lord.
"Psalm 119 part 5" by Isaac Watts
As I am on a voyage bent,
That may prove good or ill,
I thus, confusion to prevent,
Think fit to make my WILL:
"Buonaparte's Will" by Thomas Stott
The evils that beset our path
Who can prevent or cure?
We stand upon the brink of death
When most we seem secure.
"Vanity Of Life" by John Newton
I will cry out...but who can prevent
My soul from dying?
Only snakes shed their skin
We change souls, not bodies.
"Memory" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
A fruitless hope--the Panther moves,
Perceiving his intent,
And vain his utmost caution proves
Her purpose to prevent.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
"I often think how the angels
Are near us both night and day,
Let us prevent evil passions,
From driving them far away."
"The Time Of The Singing Of Birds Is Come.” Solomon's Song, 2:12." by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Iraqi forces have a long way to go if they hope to prevent future violence, Kimberly Dozier reports.
Many residents of Zimbabwe's second city have simultaneously flushed their toilets, as part of an official attempt to prevent blocked sewage pipes.
Medical institutions try to prevent under-diagnosed lymphedema.
The subprime crisis has generated heat on the Hill to prevent abusive lending in the future.
WASHINGTON POST) Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) today signed a long-awaited bill that takes steps to prevent youth bullying.
The District's largest needle exchange program, Prevention Works, closed its doors on Feb 25 after exchanging about 100,000 needles for 2,200 people last year.
Its primary function is to prevent the choker from going slack and the load spreading after being unhooked.
A bus company notified the City of Bayonne it would be discontinuing its service on John F Kennedy Blvd, but Mayor Mark Smith aims to prevent that from happening.
The Herb That Can Prevent Migraines.
Two medical organizations release updated preventive treatments for migraine headaches.
An extract of butterbur, an herb, is recommended by the Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society as a preventive treatment for migraines.
To prevent using these fraudulent coupons which not only is a crime, affects the consumer, the grocery store and the manufacturer and eventually other couponers.
An extract of butterbur , an herb, is recommended by the Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society as a preventive treatment for migraines.
Amnesty International urged South Sudan's government to prevent security forces from torturing and abusing civilians in the restive Jonglei state.
Reliable information on causes of death is essential to the development of national and international health policies for prevention and control of disease and injury.

In science:

Clearly, there is nothing that prevents us from setting K = 0, neither in the case of IIB, nor in the case of dIIB.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Large uncertainties associated with each of these mechanisms prevent us from making any clear predictions for the time variability of the X-ray luminosity of the IACNs.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
Our large lattice size prevented the averaging over many random-field configurations, though the results obtained for a few different configurations yielded consistent results.
Monte Carlo Simulations of the Random-Field Ising Model
In order to prevent the solid system from melting and the liquid from crystallizing, we have used the artificial constraint on a crystallinity order parameter (see Paragraph III).
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
However the term φ(2) n prevents us to apply the theorem directly.
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero