• Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
    Clamping up Boards to Prevent Warping
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj preventative preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease "preventive medicine","vaccines are prophylactic","a prophylactic drug"
    • adj preventative tending to prevent or hinder
    • n preventative an agent or device intended to prevent conception
    • n preventative any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    • n preventative remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rubbing cocoa butter on your abdomen during pregnancy will prevent stretch marks.
    • n Preventative That which prevents; -- incorrectly used instead of preventive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed in 1866.
    • n preventative Same as preventive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To prevent some numbers from occurring more frequently than others, dice used in crap games in Las Vegas are manufactured to a tolerance of 0.0002 inches, less than 1/17 the thickness of a human hair.
    • adjs Preventative tending to prevent or hinder: preservative
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  • Ray Bradbury
    Ray Bradbury
    “I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.”
  • Claude Bernard
    Claude Bernard
    “It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præventus, pa.p. of prævenīrepræ, before, venīre, to come.


In literature:

This keeps up excitement and unrest, and prevents our influence and institutions taking root.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
For neither in this state of things would the shedding of blood be prevented, nor would warfare cease.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
It kills disease germs and prevents contagious diseases from spreading.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
Having myself been the youngest man but one in that body, the disparity of age prevented any particular intimacy.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The barrels and furniture are to their stocks, to prevent the warping of the wood.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Trunks of trees are laid across the margins to prevent the animals from escaping.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
It is indeed beyond question that we must refrain from preventing the sin of others when we cannot prevent their sin without sinning ourselves.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
True, it prevents the author from saying anything he would not say in careful consideration of his topic.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
This prevents a crust from forming on the dough.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The King's cutters were employed, as many people are aware, as well in international warfare as in the Preventive Service.
"King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855" by E. Keble Chatterton

In poetry:

Of my degree, but few or none
Were dayly so frequented;
But now I'm left of every one, And therewith well contented:
For, when I am with God alone,
Much folly is prevented.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
If I, at home,
Were quietly sleep in bed;
And lynchers roamed,
To tar and burn my head,
They would prevent my friends from burying me
Could future men say that I used to be?
"Ajax' Meditations" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Nothing ingendred doth prevent his meat:
Flies have their table spread, ere they appeare.
Some creatures have in winter what to eat;
Others do sleep, and envie not their cheer.
"Providence" by George Herbert
Not so;
My timely fears prevent a greater ill
And work no harm, since they shall be imparted
Only to him who hath the power to quell them,
Dissolving them to air--my father.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
There's no good act, on which my soul's intent,
Which the fell fiend attempts not to prevent —
And oft, too oft! his curs'd attempt succeeds,
And puts a stop to my best minded deeds.
"A Prayer Against The Temptations, And Assaults Of The Devil" by Rees Prichard
Strong drink makes the people commit all sorts of evil,
And must have been made by the Devil
For to make them quarrel, murder, steal, and fight,
And prevent them from doing what is right.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

While many schools and the county gear up for Red Ribbon Week this week, which highlights drug and alcohol abuse prevention, local experts say it's a topic that should be perennially addressed.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmed a recommendation that doctors screen their patients for alcohol abuse by asking them a series of questions.
So why is Malaysia's government trying to prevent Catholics from calling God ' Allah ?'.
"Failure Analysis and Prevention" Handbook.
NORTH KINGSTOWN – Three Request for Proposal's (RFP's) have been submitted to the town council in the hopes of preventing the demolition of the old Beechwood Senior Center.
Here are three unre­lated top­ics, each valu­able at this time of the sea­son: dia­betes pre­ven­tion, Sal­va­tion Army buckets;and foods that can kill your dog.
Joe Tait was released from The Cleveland Clinic today following a procedure to prevent blood clots from forming in his lungs.
According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of marijuana by Colorado youth decreased 2.8 percent between 2009 and 2011, reports the Huffington Post.
We can't expect him to prevent or repair all mishaps.
The Herb That Can Prevent Migraines.
Whether it's a wealthy donor writing a check, $5 donations or management by a nonprofit, backers are seeking to prevent closures until a lasting solution can be found.
Transplanting cadaver cartilage can ease pain and prevent arthritis.
Court Prevents Canola From Being Planted in Oregon's Willamette Valley September 6, 2012 By Rachael McDonald.
Could the US have done a better job in preventing the attacks on the US Consulate in Libya.
Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai welcome Dr Juan Rivera in his new role as Director of Cardiology Prevention Education.

In science:

In the first one he prevents Maker from occupying a 3-cluster of constant size.
Positional games on random graphs
It was the failure of such a sum rule that prevented consistent probabilities from being assigned to the two histories previously discussed in the two-slit experiment (Figure 1).
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
This can be interpreted as quantum gravity becoming repulsive at small scales, which can then easily prevent total collapse into a singularity.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Thus, for large black holes the horizon area is an excellent observable, while for microscopic black holes large fluctuations are expected which may even prevent horizons as they are known classically.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
We assume that the energy released into the ISM turns into turbulent motions (at unresolved scales) and is partially dissipated, preventing the gas from cooling and forming stars.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations