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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preventive \Pre*vent"ive\, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]ventif.] 1. Going before; preceding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Any previous counsel or preventive understanding. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster] 2. Tending to defeat or hinder; obviating; preventing the access of; as, a medicine preventive of disease. [1913 Webster] Physic is either curative or preventive. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] Preventive service, the duty performed by the armed police in guarding the coast against smuggling. [Eng] [1913 Webster]