What makes this figure more unfortunate is that most of these deaths are preventable.
Billions of dollars each year are lost from missed workdays because of preventable illness.
Failing to vaccinate children could result in outbreaks of preventable diseases—diseases that devastated earlier generations.
The most preventable cause of death—smoking—has plummeted among Americans in recent years.
Overdose deaths have now become the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
Diphtheria is preventable and, when properly treated with antitoxin, is curable.
Fortunately, however, this is an accident that is as preventable as it is common.
Puerperal infection is almost wholly a preventable disease and every patient has a right to insist upon protection against it.
The disease is preventable, and will probably be stamped out in time.
Adenoids and defective vision are preventable, but not contagious.
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.