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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prevention mean? 

  The noun PREVENTION has 1 sense:

1. the act of preventing

  Familiarity information: PREVENTION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The act of preventing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


prevention; bar

Context examples:

there was no bar against leaving / money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza

Hypernyms ("prevention" is a kind of...):

hinderance; hindrance; interference (the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prevention"):

averting (the act of preventing something from occurring)

debarment (the act of prevention by legal means)

disqualification (the act of preventing someone from participating by finding them unqualified)

interception (the act of intercepting; preventing something from proceeding or arriving)

non-proliferation; nonproliferation (the prevention of something increasing or spreading (especially the prevention of an increase in the number of countries possessing nuclear weapons))

forestalling; obviation; preclusion (the act of preventing something by anticipating and disposing of it effectively)

prophylaxis (the prevention of disease)

save ((sports) the act of preventing the opposition from scoring)

crushing; quelling; stifling; suppression (forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority)

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