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    #1

    Is there a good word as a substitute for "prevent".

    According to the collinsdictionary, the word "prevent" is defined as follows:

    To prevent something means to ensure that it does not happen.
    These methods prevent pregnancy.
    Further treatment will prevent cancer from developing.


    I feel that the word "prevent" means that there is NO possibility that something being prevented happens.
    You may not think so, but I would like to know the word with a meaning slightly weaker than that of "prevent".

    As far as I know, there are some words, for example, suppress, restrain, limit..
    But I don't know whether these words can be used instead of "prevent" .
    For example, "These methods suppress pregnancy." sounds natural ?

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    Re: Is there a good word as a substitute for "prevent".

    I think 'hinder something' is weaker than 'prevent something'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Is there a good word as a substitute for "prevent".

    Different situations call for different words. In the examples given, 'reduce the risk of' would be appropriate.

    Pregnancy and cancer are the outcomes of processes that might be prevented or hindered.

    "These methods suppress pregnancy." does not sound natural. Pregnancy is not suppressed. A woman cannot be somehow made less pregnant!

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    Re: Is there a good word as a substitute for "prevent".

    reduce the chances of
    help prevent
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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