Synonyms for (noun) preventive

Synonyms: contraceptive, contraceptive device, birth control device, prophylactic device, preventative, preventive

Definition: an agent or device intended to prevent conception

Similar words: device

Definition: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

Usage: the device is small enough to wear on your wrist; a device intended to conserve water


Synonyms: hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, encumbrance, preventative, preventive

Definition: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Similar words: obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, impediment, impedimenta

Definition: any structure that makes progress difficult


Synonyms: preventative, preventive, prophylactic

Definition: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

Usage: the doctor recommended several preventatives

Similar words: remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic

Definition: a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

Synonyms for (adjective) preventive

Synonyms: prophylactic, preventative, preventive

Definition: preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

Usage: preventive medicine; vaccines are prophylactic; a prophylactic drug

Similar words: healthful

Definition: conducive to good health of body or mind

Usage: a healthful climate; a healthful environment; healthful nutrition; healthful sleep; Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance


Synonyms: preventative, preventive

Definition: tending to prevent or hinder

Similar words: blockading

Definition: blocking entrance to and exit from seaports and harbors

Usage: the blockading ships prevented delivery of munitions


Similar words: clogging, impeding, hindering, obstructive

Definition: preventing movement

Usage: the clogging crowds of revelers overflowing into the street


Similar words: deterrent

Definition: tending to deter

Usage: the deterrent effects of high prices


Similar words: thwarting, frustrating, frustrative

Definition: preventing realization or attainment of a desire


Similar words: precautional, precautionary

Definition: taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure

Usage: gave precautionary advice; I would take precautionary steps to keep him away


Similar words: preclusive, obviating

Definition: made impossible


Similar words: pre-emptive, preemptive

Definition: designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence

Usage: a preemptive business offer


Similar words: prohibitive, prohibitory

Definition: tending to discourage (especially of prices)

Usage: the price was prohibitive