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prevention n : the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza" [syn: bar]

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  • /pɹɪˈvɛnʃən/, /pr`I"vEnS@n/


  1. The act of going, or state of being, before.
    The greater the distance, the greater the prevention. --Bacon.
  2. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs, wishes, hazards and risks ; hence, precaution; forethought. (Obs.) --Hammond. Shak.
  3. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting. --South.
    Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. --Shak.


The act of going, or state of being, before
The act of preventing or hindering




Extensive Definition

Prevention refers to:
prevention in Bulgarian: Профилактика
prevention in Czech: Prevence
prevention in German: Prävention
prevention in Spanish: Prevención
prevention in Dutch: Preventie
prevention in Simple English: Prevention (disambiguation)

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