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 (prĭ-vĕn′tĭv) also pre·ven·ta·tive (-tə-tĭv)
1. Intended or used to prevent or hinder; acting as an obstacle: preventive measures.
2. Carried out to deter expected aggression by hostile forces.
3. Preventing or slowing the course of an illness or disease; prophylactic: preventive medicine; preventive health care.
1. Something that prevents; an obstacle.
2. Something that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease.

pre·ven′tive·ly adv.
pre·ven′tive·ness n.
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The people living near the dam in the villages of Botevo and Barzina will be evacuated preventively.
The results disclosed that 124 of them tested positive with as many as 17,759 birds preventively killed within the last 24 hours.
In order to ensure a peaceful coexistence of the accommodated persons, To meet the existing threat situation preventively and to strengthen the sense of security of the asylum seekers and refugees, It is necessary to guard the accommodation by qualified security guards.
It describes how the drug was a symbol of modern medicine in Africa and was administered preventively to entire regions, but later experiments showed that it had no preventative effects and exposed people to unacceptable risks, detailing how people died after they were injected with a drug that was already partly known to not really protect against a disease that was no longer present in the area.
The maintenance department at Borregaard works preventively and has the ambition to continue to develop its preventive and condition-based maintenance.
Every Frenchman suspected of being linked to terrorism, because he regularly consults a jihadist website, or his behaviour shows signs of radicalisation or because is in close contact with radicalised people, must by preventively placed in a detention centre," Sarkozy said in the interview.
But in recent days, the state of alert was, preventively, heightened to its maximum level, paralysing all activity to the border crossing.
Up to 23,000 people were preventively evacuated, which resulted in the minimal number of casualties.
Eleven US based organisations and individuals wrote a letter to US President Barak Obama on Friday urging him to "engage preventively and use all available means to make clear to President Al-Sisi that there will be serious consequences if there is a further crackdown on NGOs", Human Rights Watch reported.
Nonetheless they noted that given that aspirin was preventively prescribed to millions of individuals and the COMT genetic variant was extremely common, this study underscores the potential importance of individualizing therapies based on genetic profiles.
Flarvard neurologist Lee Schwamm said the low incidence of clotting makes it impractical to preventively treat the huge population of postpartum women.
Abu Dhabi: In their quest for achieving sustainability, governments across the globe should enhance capacity building through increased knowledge sharing, anticipate problems and act preventively, advisers from 35 countries told a global ID summit held in Abu Dhabi yesterday.