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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of preventing or impeding.
  • n. A hindrance; an obstacle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of going, or state of being, before.
  • n. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs, wishes, hazards and risks ; hence, precaution; forethought. --Hammond. Shak.
  • n. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting. --South.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of going, or state of being, before.
  • n. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought.
  • n. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting.
  • n. Prejudice; prepossession.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of going before; the state of preceding or being earlier; hence, an antecedent period of time.
  • n. The act of anticipating or forestalling; an anticipation; provision made in advance.
  • n. Precaution; a precautionary measure; a preventive.
  • n. The act of hindering or rendering impossible by previous measures; effectual hindrance; restraint, as from an intended action; also, that which prevents; an obstacle; an obstruction or impediment.
  • n. Jurisdiction.
  • n. Prejudice; prepossession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of preventing

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Compare French prévention (Wiktionary)

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