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 for Preventing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prevent \Pre*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prevented; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Preventing.] [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before
     + venire to come. See Come.]
     1. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide;
        to direct. [Obs.]
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              We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
              Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1
                                                    Thess. iv. 15.
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              We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and
              follow us.                            --Bk. of
                                                    Common Prayer.
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              Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior.
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     2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.]
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              Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope.
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     3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.
        "This vile purpose to prevent." --Shak.
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              Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton.
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