Preventive vs Preemptive - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between preventive and preemptive
is that preventive
is preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to while preemptive
is of or relating to preemption.
As a noun preventive
is (dated) a thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
Preventing, hindering, or acting as an obstacle to.
Carried out to deter military aggression.
Slowing the development of an illness; prophylactic.
* Sir Thomas Browne
(obsolete) Going before; preceding.
- Physic is either curative or preventive .
- Any previous counsel or preventive understanding.
(dated) A thing that prevents, hinders, or acts as an obstacle to.
* 1856 , Henry William Herbert, The Complete Manual for Young Sportsmen
(nonstandard) A thing that slows the development of an illness.
A contraceptive, especially a condom.
- Dogs should be warmly but airily housed; heartily, but not heatingly, fed — old Indian meal, mixed with oatmeal, suppawn, is the best general food, with a small quantity of salt, which is a preventive against worms
* Many speakers prefer to use preventive'' in adjective senses and ''preventative in noun senses.[http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/nonerrors.htmlpreventive]
Of or relating to preemption.
Made so as to deter an anticipated unpleasant situation.
(bridge, of a high-level bid) Intended to interfere with an opponent's bidding.
* preemptive strike