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pri ven tiv

  • n  remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
  • n  any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
  • n  an agent or device intended to prevent conception
  • s  preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
    preventive medicine
  • a  tending to prevent or hinder

  • Reform proposals would promote preventive care by requiring insurers to cover (with no co-pay) preventive services.
  • President Nixon's suggestion that "preventive detention" would be one good remedy for crime in the District of Columbia met with sharply divided reaction on Capitol Hill.
  • Physicians say, "The preventive exam is the only time I can really devote to focusing on preventive care.
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  • Barack Obama in
    Owners responsible for conditions in the Upper Big Branch mine should be held accountable for decisions they made and preventive measures they failed to take,Obama said.
  • Francois Fillon in Toronto Star
    Prime Minister François Fillon, who was briefed by police in Villiers-le-Bel, said things were "much calmer than the previous two nights, but ...... still fragile, and we need a large preventive force on the ground so that what happened last night...

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