Preventative vs Restrictive - What's the difference?

preventative | restrictive |

As adjectives the difference between preventative and restrictive

is that preventative is while restrictive is confining, limiting, containing with in defined bounds.

As a noun preventative

is .




(en adjective)
  • *1920, Lillien Jane Martin, Mental hygiene: two years' experience of a clinical psychologist , Warwick &York (1920), p. 78,
  • *:"That part of mental hygiene which has a prophylactic character falls into two classes, group preventative mental hygiene […]"
  • *1968, G. Anthony Wedge, N. A. P.: New American Party , Geddes Press Printers (1968), p. 155,
  • *:"Preventative defense comes in two flavors […]"
  • *2006, Robert Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Repairing & Upgrading Your PC , O'Reilly (2006), p. 70,
  • *:"The goals of preventative maintenance are to reduce the likelihood of hardware failures, […]"
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Usage notes

    *Preventative'' is in all senses synonymous with ''preventive''. Many speakers prefer to use ''preventative'' in noun senses and ''preventive in adjective senses.[
  • preventive]
  • restrictive



    (en adjective)
  • confining, limiting, containing with in defined bounds.