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primary prevention

Definition of Primary Prevention

(noun) Any action taken to prevent social problems from occurring.

Primary Prevention Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈpraɪˌmɛri priˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˈpraɪm(ə)ri priˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˈpraɪˌmɛri prəˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˈpraɪm(ə)ri prəˈvɛn(t)ʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˈprʌɪm(ə)ri prᵻˈvɛnʃn/
  • Syllabification: (pri·mar·y pre·ven·tion)

Usage Note

  • Plural: primary preventions

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Cite the Definition of Primary Prevention

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “primary prevention.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/primary-prevention/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

primary prevention. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/primary-prevention/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “primary prevention.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/primary-prevention/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“primary prevention.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/primary-prevention/>.