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Adjective preventative has 2 senses
- preventive, preventative - tending to prevent or hinder
- preventive, preventative, prophylactic - preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug"
Antonym: unhealthful (indirect, via healthful)
Noun preventative has 3 senses
- preventive, preventative, prophylactic - remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives"
--1 is a kind of remedy, curative, cure
- hindrance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference - any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
--2 is a kind of obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment, impedimenta
--2 has particulars: clog; speed bump
- contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device - an agent or device intended to prevent conception
--3 is a kind of device
--3 has particulars:
| ||cervical cap; coil; condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic; diaphragm, pessary, contraceptive diaphragm; intrauterine device, IUD; morning-after pill; pill, birth control pill, contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive pill, oral contraceptive, anovulatory drug, anovulant; spermicide, spermatocide|