Treating a woman decently right up to the end of your association with her is the best way to prevent relationship blowback.
The U.S. government will stop at nothing to prevent whistleblowers from revealing official secrets.
Police and firefighters are exempt from right to work due to special collective-bargaining rights that prevent strikes.
The current government and our opponents will stop at nothing to prevent a fair and democratic election.
Both states are in the news these past few weeks for trying to prevent women from getting health care at Planned Parenthood.
This will damage the thread and prevent the nut from turning loose.
To prevent this, they were planning the capture of Beauséjour.
Elevations of stones, stakes, and other material, to prevent inundations.
To me it seems that the first thing in regard to money is to prevent it from doing harm.
The leads may be covered with tape to prevent any short circuit.
early 15c., "act in anticipation of," from Latin praeventus, past participle of praevenire "come before, anticipate, hinder," in Late Latin also "to prevent," from prae "before" (see pre-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Originally literal; sense of "anticipate to hinder" was in Latin, but not recorded in English until 1540s.