Preventative vs. Preventive - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Preventative (adjective)

    alternative form of preventive

  • Preventative (noun)

    alternative form of preventive

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Carried out to deter military aggression.

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic.

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Going before; preceding.

  • Preventive (noun)

    A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.

  • Preventive (noun)

    A thing that slows the development of an illness.

  • Preventive (noun)

    A contraceptive, especially a condom.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Preventative (adjective)

    another term for preventive

  • Preventative (noun)

    another term for preventive

  • Preventive (adjective)

    designed to keep something undesirable such as illness or harm from occurring

    "preventive medicine"

  • Preventive (noun)

    a medicine or other treatment designed to prevent disease or ill health

    "quinine was used as a malaria preventive"

Webster Dictionary

  • Preventative (noun)

    That which prevents; - incorrectly used instead of preventive.

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Going before; preceding.

  • Preventive (adjective)

    Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease.

  • Preventive (noun)

    That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Preventative (noun)

    remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease;

    "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

  • Preventative (noun)

    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

  • Preventative (noun)

    an agent or device intended to prevent conception

  • Preventative (adjective)

    tending to prevent or hinder

  • Preventative (adjective)

    preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease;

    "preventive medicine"

    "vaccines are prophylactic"

    "a prophylactic drug"

  • Preventive (noun)

    remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease;

    "the doctor recommended several preventatives"

  • Preventive (noun)

    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

  • Preventive (noun)

    an agent or device intended to prevent conception

  • Preventive (adjective)

    preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease;

    "preventive medicine"

    "vaccines are prophylactic"

    "a prophylactic drug"

  • Preventive (adjective)

    tending to prevent or hinder

  • Preventive (adjective)

    tending to ward off;

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

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