1. The act of going, or state of being, before. [Obs.]
The greater the distance, the greater the prevention. --Bacon.
2. Anticipation; esp., anticipation of needs or wishes; hence, precaution; forethought. [Obs.]
3. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting.
Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. --Shak.
4. Prejudice; prepossession. [A Gallicism]
n : the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving";
"money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of
influenza" [syn: bar]