Definitions for: Preventative


[n] an agent or device intended to prevent conception
[n] any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
[n] remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
[adj] preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
[adj] tending to prevent or hinder



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre*vent"a*tive, n.
That which prevents; -- incorrectly used instead of
preventive.

Synonyms: birth control device, blockading, clogging, contraceptive, contraceptive device, deterrent, encumbrance, frustrating, frustrative, healthful, hindering, hindrance, hitch, impeding, incumbrance, interference, obstructive, obviating(a), precautional, precautionary, preclusive, preemptive, preventive, preventive, prohibitive, prohibitory, prophylactic, prophylactic device, thwarting

Antonyms: permissive

See Also: anovulant, anovulatory drug, birth control pill, cervical cap, clog, coil, condom, contraceptive diaphragm, contraceptive pill, curative, cure, device, diaphragm, impediment, impedimenta, intrauterine device, IUD, morning-after pill, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, oral contraceptive, oral contraceptive pill, pessary, pill, prophylactic, protective, remedy, rubber, safe, safety, speed bump, spermatocide, spermicide

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