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

  Preventive \Pre*vent"ive\, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]ventif.]
     1. Going before; preceding. [Obs.]
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              Any previous counsel or preventive understanding.
                                                    --Cudworth.
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     2. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the
        access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease.
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              Physic is either curative or preventive. --Sir T.
                                                    Browne.
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     Preventive service, the duty performed by the armed police
        in guarding the coast against smuggling. [Eng]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preventive \Pre*vent"ive\, n.
     That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which
     intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease;
     a prophylactic.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  preventive
      adj 1: preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease;
             "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a
             prophylactic drug" [syn: preventive, preventative,
             prophylactic]
      2: tending to prevent or hinder [syn: preventive,
         preventative] [ant: permissive]
      n 1: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or
           disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
           [syn: preventive, preventative, prophylactic]
      2: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn:
         hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive,
         preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference]
      3: an agent or device intended to prevent conception [syn:
         contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive
         device, prophylactic device, birth control device]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  146 Moby Thesaurus words for "preventive":
     aegis, antacid, anticipative, anticipatory, antidote, arm guard,
     backstop, barrier, block, buffer, bulwark, bumper, contraceptive,
     copyright, counteractant, counteractive, counteragent,
     counterirritant, countermeasure, covering, crash helmet, curb,
     cushion, custodial, dashboard, defensive, deterrent, deterring,
     discouraging, dodger, ethnocentric, exceptional, excluding,
     exclusive, exclusory, face mask, fender, finger guard, foot guard,
     forbidding, forestalling, fostering, fuse, goggles, governor,
     guard, guardian, guarding, guardrail, hampering, hand guard,
     handrail, hard hat, helmet, hindering, hindrance, immunizing,
     impediment, impeding, inadmissible, inhibiting, inhibition,
     inhibitive, inhibitory, inoculant, inoculum, insular, insulation,
     interdictive, interdictory, interlock, knee guard, knuckle guard,
     laminated glass, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor,
     lightning rod, mask, mudguard, narrow, neutralizer, nose guard,
     nullifier, obstacle, obstruction, offset, pad, padding, palladium,
     parental, parochial, patent, pilot, precautionary, preclusive,
     prescriptive, preventative, prevention, prohibiting, prohibitive,
     prohibitory, prophylactic, proscriptive, protecting, protection,
     protective, protective clothing, protective umbrella, remedy,
     repressive, restraining, restrictive, safeguard, safeguarding,
     safety, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes,
     safety switch, safety valve, screen, screening, seat belt,
     seclusive, segregative, select, selective, separative, serum,
     sheltering, shield, shielding, shin guard, snobbish, sun helmet,
     suppressive, tutelary, umbrella, vaccine, vigilant, watchful,
     windscreen, windshield, xenophobic
  
  

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