Definition of preventative in English:


Line breaks: pre¦venta|tive
Pronunciation: /prɪˈvɛntətɪv

adjective & noun

  • another term for preventive.
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    • Along with the Netherlands, it has applied to the EU to start preventative vaccination of domestic birds in some areas.
    • There needs to be a massive shift in the health care system from treatment to preventative care.
    • Do the best for your cats and kittens by taking them to a vet for preventative vaccinations.



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  • All three companies maintain that antibiotics are no longer administered preventatively.
  • ‘Rather than waiting for children to become poisoned and then trying to deal with it,’ she says, ‘we should preventatively test homes.’
  • Most producers in South America manage this disease preventatively now because fields with significant rust development were not well controlled earlier with applications.

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