Synonyms of preventive


1. preventive, preventative, prophylactic, remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic

usage: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

2. hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta

usage: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

3. contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device, device

usage: an agent or device intended to prevent conception


1. preventive, preventative, prophylactic, healthful (vs. unhealthful)

usage: preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"

2. preventive (vs. permissive), preventative, blockading, clogging, hindering, impeding, obstructive, deterrent, frustrating, frustrative, thwarting, precautionary, precautional, preclusive, obviating(prenominal), preemptive, pre-emptive, prohibitive, prohibitory, protective

usage: tending to prevent or hinder

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Definition and meaning of preventive (Dictionary)