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Which is used more often by those in the medical field: preventive or preventative medicine?
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According to the American Corpus, preventive is many times more prevalent than preventative. For example, Preventive Services is used 20 times for every single occurrence of Preventative Services.
The ratio ranges from 60:1 to 3:1 depending on the collocation.

This is a usage difference:
Aspirin is now widely recognized as a preventative.
Medical errors fall into 4 main categories: diagnostic, treatment, preventative, and others.
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AlpheccaStarsThis is a usage difference:Aspirin is now widely recognized as a preventative. Medical errors fall into 4 main categories: diagnostic, treatment, preventative, and others.
Shouldn't one of those be 'preventive'?
fivejedjonShouldn't one of those be 'preventive'?
I pasted both sentences directly from the corpus.
AlpheccaStars fivejedjonShouldn't one of those be 'preventive'? I pasted both sentences directly from the corpus.
I asked because you said "This is a usage difference: "
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PhilipWhich is used more often by those in the medical field: preventive or preventative medicine?
I think most of time use " preventive "

let let see some Synonyms for " preventive "

preventive = prophylactic, prohibitive, therapeutic, anecdotal,

preventive =resistant, resisting, obstructive, obstructing, opposing

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Brishtypreventive = prophylactic, prohibitive, therapeutic, anecdotal, preventive =resistant, resisting, obstructive, obstructing, opposing
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The list itself does not tell us why we should use preventive most of the time.
fivejedjonI asked because you said "This is a usage difference: "
The difference seems that "preventative" can be used as a noun (Asprin is a preventative), but not "preventive."
The second sentence also seemed to fit that usage, with "treatment" and "others" being category names.
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