prevention is better than cure

Cf. c 1240 BRACTON De Legibus v. x. melius & utilius [est] in tempore occurrere, quam post causam vulneratam quaerere remedium, it is better and more useful to meet a problem in time than to seek a remedy after the damage is done.

1618 T. ADAMS Happiness of Church 146 Preuention is so much better then healing, because it saues the labour of being sicke.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 3962 Prevention is much preferable to Cure.

1826 J. PINTARD Letter 19 Apr. (1940) II. 257 Prevention is better than cure... With perseverance we shall save numbers of little Devils from becoming big ones.

1954 R. HAYDN Journal of Edwin Carp 148 ‘Why do you wear those old galoshes when the sun’s shining?’.. ‘Prevention’s better than Cure.’

1996 ‘C. AIRD’ After Effects iii. 28 ‘Glad to hear it, sir,’ said Sloan, adding prosaically, ‘You could say that prevention’s better than cure in the police world as well as the medical one.’


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  • cure — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 medicine/treatment that can cure an illness ADJECTIVE ▪ effective, instant, miracle, wonder ▪ There is no instant cure for this condition. ▪ rest …   Collocations dictionary

  • prevention — prevent ► VERB 1) keep from happening or arising. 2) stop (someone) from doing something. ● prevention is better than cure Cf. ↑prevention is better than cure DERIVATIVES preventable adjective prevention …   English terms dictionary

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