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[pri-ven-shuh n] /prɪˈvɛn ʃən/
the act of preventing; effectual hindrance.
a preventive:
This serum is a prevention against disease.
Origin of prevention
1520-30; < Late Latin praeventiōn- (stem of praeventiō) a forestalling. See prevent, -ion
Related forms
nonprevention, noun Unabridged
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  • Because many factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, there is no single mode of prevention.
  • Designed and provided outreach and prevention services, including workshops.
  • prevention means different things in different places.
  • Used for prevention or eradication of powdery mildew, rust, and some lawn diseases.
  • As is routinely pointed out, prevention is better than cure-and cheaper too.
  • In addition to regular visits to a dentist, the best prevention for periodontal disease takes place at home.
  • Then locate a list of prevention and safety steps for this type of disaster.
  • The best long-term prevention for overly wrinkled skin is a healthy lifestyle.
  • Until a couple of years ago, prevention was seen as the priority in poor countries.
  • As in medical care, the significant resource should be spent on prevention.
British Dictionary definitions for prevention


the act of preventing
a hindrance, obstacle, or impediment
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Word Origin and History for prevention

mid-15c., "action of stopping an event or practice," from Middle French prévention and directly from Late Latin praeventionem (nominative praeventio) "action of anticipating," noun of action from past participle stem of praevenire (see prevent).

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