verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of prevent
Examples from the Web for preventable
Infectious diseases are (a) infectious and (b) preventable with a simple shot.D.C. Moron Phil Gingrey Spread Ebola Fever Over Immigrants|Kent Sepkowitz|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tragically, as we deliberate, another day of preventable carnage will come and go.
Overdose deaths have now become the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
The U.S. should do no less to prevent escalation into a preventable protracted war.
The most preventable cause of death—smoking—has plummeted among Americans in recent years.A Scarier Bird Flu: CDC Chief Warns of Looming H7N9 Threat|Eliza Shapiro|September 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Imperfect lighting of rooms in which children study or play is one of the chief among these preventable causes.The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
When I took office, immunization levels for preventable childhood diseases had fallen to 70%.
Preventable sickness should be prevented; knowledge available to combat disease and disability should be fully used.
The disease is preventable, and will probably be stamped out in time.
Almost all blindness is preventable, and blindness due to industrial accidents and processes is no exception to this rule.
British Dictionary definitions for preventable
Word Origin for prevent
Word Origin and History for preventable (1 of 2)
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.