Preventive service, the duty performed by the armed police in guarding the coast against smuggling.
(Pre*vent"ive), n. That which prevents, hinders, or obstructs; that which intercepts access; in
medicine, something to prevent disease; a prophylactic.
(Pre*vent"ive*ly), adv. In a preventive manner.
(Pre*ver"te*bral) a. (Anat.) Situated immediately in front, or on the ventral side, of the
vertebral column; prespinal.
(Pre"vi*ous) a. [L. praevius going before, leading the way; prae before + via the way. See
Voyage.] Going before in time; being or happening before something else; antecedent; prior; as, previous
arrangements; a previous illness.
The dull sound . . . previous to the storm,Thomson. Previous question. (Parliamentary Practice) See under Question, and compare Closure. Previous
to, before; often used adverbially for previously. "Previous to publication." M. Arnold. "A policy . . .
his friends had advised previous to 1710." J. H. Newman.
Rolls o'er the muttering earth.
Syn. Antecedent; preceding; anterior; prior; foregoing; former.
(Pre"vi*ous*ly), adv. Beforehand; antecedently; as, a plan previously formed.
(Pre"vi*ous*ness), n. The quality or state of being previous; priority or antecedence in
(Pre*vise") v. t. [L. praevisus, p. p. of praevidere to foresee; prae before + videre to see.
1. To foresee. [R.]
2. To inform beforehand; to warn. Ld. Lytton.
(Pre*vi"sion) n. [Cf. F. prévision.] Foresight; foreknowledge; prescience. H. Spencer.
(Pre*voy"ant) a. [F. prévoyant.] Foreseeing; prescient. [R.] Mrs. Oliphant.
(Pre*warn") v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Prewarned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prewarning.] To warn
beforehand; to forewarn. [R.]
(Prey) n. [OF. preie, F. proie, L. praeda, probably for praeheda. See Prehensile, and cf. Depredate,
Predatory.] Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy
in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest.Num.
2. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey.Job iv. ii.
Already sees herself the monster's prey.Dryden.
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