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prevent verb (prevented, preventing) 1 to stop someone from doing something, or something from happening; to hinder. 2 to stop the occurrence of something beforehand or to make it impossible; to avert. preventable or preventible adj.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: from Latin praevenire to anticipate or come before.
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