Precaution vs Preventive - What's the difference?
As a noun precaution
As an adjective preventive is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
* John Henry Newman
A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.
- The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution .
- to take precautions against risks of accident
(transitive): To warn or caution beforehand. --.
(rare): To take precaution against. --.
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]