1. [ adjective ] (medicine) preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
Synonyms: prophylactic preventative

"preventive medicine" "vaccines are prophylactic" "a prophylactic drug"

Related terms: healthful
2. [ noun ] any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
Synonyms: hitch preventative encumbrance incumbrance interference hindrance
Related terms: obstruction clog speed_bump impede
3. [ noun ] (medicine,pharmacology) remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease
Synonyms: prophylactic preventative

"the doctor recommended several preventatives"

Related terms: remedy
4. [ adjective ] tending to prevent or hinder
Synonyms: preventative
Related terms: permissive blockading clogging frustrating precautionary deterrent preemptive prohibitive preclusive protective
5. [ adjective ] tending to ward off
Synonyms: prophylactic cautionary

"the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze

Related terms: protective
6. [ noun ] (sexuality) an agent or device intended to prevent conception
Synonyms: contraceptive contraceptive_device prophylactic_device birth_control_device preventative
Related terms: device coil pill diaphragm loop intrauterine_device condom morning-after_pill spermicide cervical_cap
Similar spelling:   preventative