- to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
- to hinder or stop from doing something: There is nothing to prevent us from going.
- Archaic. to act ahead of; forestall.
- Archaic. to precede.
- Archaic. to anticipate.
- to interpose a hindrance: He will come if nothing prevents.
Origin of prevent
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Examples from the Web for prevented
Sometimes, a tech glitch means you are prevented from looking at other users.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
What hurts the most about your death is that it could have been prevented.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
"I think this all could've been prevented if they just listened to the 25,000 people who marched last week," Alvarez said.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters
December 22, 2014
Sudan has been plagued by years of political instability, which has prevented tourism from gaining traction.Egypt Ain’t The Only Pyramid Show In Town
December 11, 2014
Rules governing how those professions were defined should have prevented most workers from being paid less than the minimum wage.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
Often they wished to go to a place, but were prevented, as Paul writes, Rom.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
Of course this could be prevented by moving the camp out of range of this hill.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He was prevented from replying by the approach of Simba at the head of eight of the askaris.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"My dear sir," the stranger exclaimed, but John prevented him from saying any more.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I could have prevented it, maybe, if I hadn't been so taken up with my own affairs.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- (tr) to keep from happening, esp by taking precautionary action
- (tr often foll by from) to keep (someone from doing something); hinder; impede
- (intr) to interpose or act as a hindrance
- (tr) archaic to anticipate or precede
Word Origin and History for prevented
early 15c., "act in anticipation of," from Latin praeventus, past participle of praevenire "come before, anticipate, hinder," in Late Latin also "to prevent," from prae "before" (see pre-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Originally literal; sense of "anticipate to hinder" was in Latin, but not recorded in English until 1540s.