verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- prevenient grace,
- prevent defense,
Origin of prevent
Examples from the Web for prevented
Sometimes, a tech glitch means you are prevented from looking at other users.
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|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"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|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sudan has been plagued by years of political instability, which has prevented tourism from gaining traction.
Rules governing how those professions were defined should have prevented most workers from being paid less than the minimum wage.
It was by a strong effort of volition that she prevented herself from fainting.Fairy Fingers|Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
But we prevented him, and left him in the condition in which you see him.Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)|John Dryden
Gisco was sending them back, but I prevented the interpreters speaking.Salammbo|Gustave Flaubert
Who prevented that sacrifice—who deserted me—who carved out her own separate life?Godolphin, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
That prevented her from knitting anymore, as the wool was held taut.The Debtor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Word Origin for prevent
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.