Synonyms of 'preventive'
1 precautionaryDictionary, protective, hamperingThey accused the police of failing to take adequate preventive measures.
1 hindranceDictionary, obstacle, blockRacial solidarity acts as a preventive of social upheaval.
2 protectionDictionary, shield, remedyCabbage is a preventive against stomach ulcers.
Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
innocents used as a human shield against attack
the prevention of crime
A system like ours lacks adequate safeguards for civil liberties.
The region began to use quinine as a prophylactic.
In all contexts, preventive is commoner than, and generally used in preference to, preventative.
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If something has a deterrent effect, it has the effect of preventing people from doing certain things.
He believes in the deterrent effect of custodial sentences
Something that is an impediment to a person or thing makes their movement, development, or progress difficult.
There is no legal impediment to the marriage.
Thesaurus for preventive from the Collins English Thesaurus
Preventive actions are intended to help prevent things such as disease or crime .