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  1. preventive medicine the branch of medicine concerned with preventing disease
  2. ostentatious intended to attract notice and impress others
  3. preventative tending to hinder
  4. defensive measure (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  5. representative sample the population is divided into strata and a random sample is taken from each stratum
  6. tentative hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
  7. preventive strike a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  8. preventive attack a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
  9. perfective tense a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
  10. preventive tending to hinder
  11. beyond measure in excess or without limit
  12. provocative serving or tending to excite or stimulate
  13. representative serving to typify
  14. board measure a system of units for measuring lumber based on the board foot
  15. representative sampling the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
  16. fundamental measure one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
  17. reconstructive memory recall that is hypothesized to work by storing abstract features which are then used to construct the memory during recall
  18. countermeasure an action taken to offset another action
  19. vegetative cell any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells; a cell that does not participate in the production of gametes
  20. provender food for domestic livestock