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Meaning of PREVENTATIVE

Pronunciation:  pree'ventutiv

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

PREVENTATIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with P.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre*vent"a*tive\, n.
That which prevents; -- incorrectly used instead of
preventive.

 

 

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