Definition of prevention in English:


Line breaks: pre|ven¦tion
Pronunciation: /prɪˈvɛnʃn


[mass noun]
The action of stopping something from happening or arising: crime prevention the treatment and prevention of AIDS
More example sentences
  • He said police would be working in the community this month to highlight issues such as crime prevention.
  • She said officers would have advised the owners on what crime prevention measures they could take.
  • She said that it was up to the community to take a greater role in crime prevention.


prevention is better than cure (or US an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure)

proverb It’s easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.
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  • Remember, prevention is better than cure and is much cheaper both in terms of hardware damage/replacement and lost production due to data loss.
  • While council officials are not unduly worried they are nonetheless taking the view that prevention is better than cure, especially if the hot weather continues for the rest of August.
  • We believe that prevention is better than cure, and we keep up with latest technology and colours to find the best for our customers.

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