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Tue Jul 20 02:02:44 UTC 2004
Boston Sunday Globe, July 19, 2004, p.E11
"... preventative services ..."
Well, an ounce of preventation is worth a pound of cure.
Hardly a hapax legomenon. See the list below from Bartleby's.
The Army Commendation Medal (for service) was awarded for little more than keeping your nose clean and going along with the program--if a Good Conduct Medal is a D, the ARCOM is a gentleman's C. I knew a guy whose job was processing recommendations to ARCOMs who consistently referred to the Army "Accommodation" Medal. I thought at first he was being sarcastic and subversive, but it turned out he just didn't know "commendation" is a word.
It's a Gnostic thing. You wouldn't understand.
1) preventative. Roget s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
...Defending against disease: preventive, prophylactic, protective. See ALLOW. 2. Intended to prevent: deterrent, preclusive, preventive. See ALLOW....
2) preventative. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
...ADJECTIVE & Variant of preventive....
1) preventative, preventive. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
...two are synonyms, and each is Standard as both adjective and noun: She practices preventive [preventative] medicine-if you can call eating an apple a day a preventative...
2) Formations. Fowler, H. W. 1908. The King's English
...Innumerable other needless lengthenings might be produced, from which we choose only preventative for preventive, and to experimentalize for to experiment. On the...
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