prevention

[ pri-ven-shuhn ]
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noun
  1. the act of preventing; effectual hindrance.

  2. a preventive: This serum is a prevention against disease.

Origin of prevention

1
1520–30; <Late Latin praeventiōn- (stem of praeventiō) a forestalling. See prevent, -ion

Other words from prevention

  • non·pre·ven·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for prevention

prevention

/ (prɪˈvɛnʃən) /


noun
  1. the act of preventing

  2. a hindrance, obstacle, or impediment

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