Synonyms of preventive in English:



  • 1 preventive maintenance
    preemptive, deterrent, precautionary, protective
  • 2 preventive medicine
    prophylactic, disease-preventing
  • noun

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  • 1 a preventive against crime
    precautionary measure, deterrent, safeguard, security, protection, defense
  • 2 disease preventives
    prophylactic, prophylactic device, prophylactic medicine, preventive drug
  • Usage


    Preventive is the standard form of a word that sometimes appears as the variant form preventative. Preventive is used much more often than preventative, a form that has been described by some traditionalists as a mere corruption

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