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  1. [noun] remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
    Synonyms: preventive, prophylactic

  2. [noun] any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    Synonyms: hindrance, hitch, preventive, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference

  3. [noun] an agent or device intended to prevent conception
    Synonyms: contraceptive, preventive, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device

  4. [adjective] tending to prevent or hinder
    Synonyms: preventive

  5. [adjective] preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
    Synonyms: preventive, prophylactic


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