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

  Prevention \Pre*ven"tion\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]vention.]
     1. The act of going, or state of being, before. [Obs.]
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              The greater the distance, the greater the
              prevention.                           --Bacon.
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     2. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes;
        hence, precaution; forethought. [Obs.] --Hammond. Shak.
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     3. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action,
        access, or approach; thwarting. --South.
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              Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. --Shak.
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     4. Prejudice; prepossession. [A Gallicism] --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving";
           "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of
           influenza" [syn: prevention, bar]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  126 Moby Thesaurus words for "prevention":
     Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition Party, Volstead Act, abortion,
     anticipation, arrest, arrestation, arresting, avoidance, avoiding,
     avoiding reaction, balk, balking, ban, banning, bar, barring,
     block, blocking, check, checking, circumvention, contraband,
     control, controlling, curb, curbing, debarment, debarring,
     defense mechanism, delay, delaying, denial, determent, deterrence,
     disallowance, discouragement, dodge, duck, elusion, elusiveness,
     embargo, enjoining, equivocation, escape, estoppel, evasion,
     evasive action, evasiveness, exclusion, foiling, forbearance,
     forbiddance, forbidden fruit, forbidding, foreclosure,
     forestalling, forestallment, frustrating, frustration,
     getting around, halt, halting, hampering, hindering, hindrance,
     impedance, impeding, index, index expurgatorius,
     index librorum prohibitorum, inhibiting, inhibition, injunction,
     intercepting, interception, interdict, interdicting, interdiction,
     interdictum, jink, law, mitigating, mitigation, neutrality, no-no,
     nonintervention, noninvolvement, obstructing, obstruction,
     obviation, preclusion, prohibiting, prohibition,
     prohibitory injunction, proscribing, proscription, refraining,
     refusal, rejection, repression, restraining, restraint,
     restrictive covenants, retardation, ruling out, shunning,
     shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, slip, slowing, statute,
     stay, stop, stoppage, stopping, sumptuary laws, suppression, taboo,
     the runaround, thwarting, zigzag, zoning, zoning laws

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PREVENTION, civil and French law. The right of a judge to take cognizance of 
  an action over which he has concurrent jurisdiction with another judge. 
       2. In Pennsylvania it has been ruled that a justice of the peace cannot 
  take cognizance of a cause which has been previously decided by another 
  justice. 2 Dall. 77; Id. 114. 

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