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prevent
used in War and Peace

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to stop (something from happening)
  • It is only to prevent some Pugachev or other from killing my children and yours, and Arakcheev from sending me off to some Military Settlement.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (66% in)
  • And each visitor, though politeness prevented his showing impatience, left the old woman with a sense of relief at having performed a vexatious duty and did not return to her the whole evening.
    Book One — 1805 (5% in)
  • "Charming!" whispered the little princess, sticking the needle into her work as if to testify that the interest and fascination of the story prevented her from going on with it.
    Book One — 1805 (10% in)
  • "You must excuse me, dear Vicomte," said Prince Vasili to the Frenchman, holding him down by the sleeve in a friendly way to prevent his rising.
    Book One — 1805 (11% in)
  • The window frame which prevented anyone from sitting on the outer sill was being forced out by two footmen, who were evidently flurried and intimidated by the directions and shouts of the gentlemen around.
    Book One — 1805 (27% in)
  • "But, my dear princess," answered Anna Mikhaylovna blandly but impressively, blocking the way to the bedroom and preventing the other from passing, "won't this be too much for poor Uncle at a moment when he needs repose?
    Book One — 1805 (76% in)
  • The princess looked in a scared way at her father's eyes glittering close to her; the red patches on her face came and went, and it was plain that she understood nothing and was so frightened that her fear would prevent her understanding any of her father's further explanations, however clear they might be.
    Book One — 1805 (81% in)
  • "Give me time to collect my wits, Father," said he, with a smile that showed that his father's foibles did not prevent his son from loving and honoring him.
    Book One — 1805 (89% in)
  • "If you, sir, choose to make a buffoon of yourself," he said sharply, with a slight trembling of the lower jaw, "I can't prevent your doing so; but I warn you that if you dare to play the fool in my presence, I will teach you to behave yourself."
    Book Two — 1805 (16% in)
  • And now, when one wants to smooth the thing over, some conceit prevents your apologizing, and you wish to make the whole affair public.
    Book Two — 1805 (25% in)
  • "Well, do you think I shall prevent her, that I can't part from her?" said the old prince angrily.
    Book Three — 1805 (26% in)
  • While Prince Andrew went to report about the purple-faced general, that gentleman—evidently not sharing Boris' conception of the advantages of the unwritten code of subordination—looked so fixedly at the presumptuous lieutenant who had prevented his finishing what he had to say to the adjutant that Boris felt uncomfortable.
    Book Three — 1805 (52% in)
  • It hurt a little, but the worst of it was that the pain distracted him and prevented his seeing what he had been looking at.
    Book Three — 1805 (86% in)
  • The smoke, rendered denser by the mist, prevented him from seeing anything for an instant, but there was no second report as he had expected.
    Book Four — 1806 (40% in)
  • His approaching departure did not prevent his amusing himself, but rather gave zest to his pleasures.
    Book Four — 1806 (71% in)
  • " 'From all my riding,' he writes to the Emperor, 'I have got a saddle sore which, coming after all my previous journeys, quite prevents my riding and commanding so vast an army, so I have passed on the command to the general next in seniority, Count Buxhowden, having sent him my whole staff and all that belongs to it, advising him if there is a lack of bread, to move farther into the interior of Prussia, for only one day's ration of bread remains, and in some regiments none at all, as...
    Book Five — 1806-07 (38% in)
  • More than once, when the noise of the wheels prevented his catching what Pierre said, he asked him to repeat it, and by the peculiar glow that came into Prince Andrew's eyes and by his silence, Pierre saw that his words were not in vain and that Prince Andrew would not interrupt him or laugh at what he said.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (58% in)
  • Rostov took the joke as an insult, flared up, and said such unpleasant things to the officer that it was all Denisov could do to prevent a duel.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (72% in)
  • At that meeting he was struck for the first time by the endless variety of men's minds, which prevents a truth from ever presenting itself identically to two persons.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (26% in)
  • Speranski smiled and, with an evident wish to prevent the conversation from taking an unpleasant course, told a story that had no connection with the previous conversation.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (68% in)
  • She did not go out into society; everyone knew that her father would not let her go anywhere without him, and his failing health prevented his going out himself, so that she was not invited to dinners and evening parties.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (7% in)
  • This melancholy, which did not prevent her amusing herself, did not hinder the young people who came to her house from passing the time pleasantly.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (22% in)
  • I know I can't prevent your doing so, but if you have a spark of conscience...."
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (91% in)
  • It was, in fact, only the commencement of the campaign that prevented Rostov from returning home as he had promised and marrying Sonya.
    Book Nine — 1812 (52% in)
  • "If you noticed some disorder in the garden," said Alpatych, "it was impossible to prevent it.
    Book Ten — 1812 (15% in)
  • To anyone who looks at the field of Borodino without thinking of how the battle was actually fought, this position, protected by the river Kolocha, presents itself as obvious for an army whose object was to prevent an enemy from advancing along the Smolensk road to Moscow.
    Book Ten — 1812 (54% in)
  • The doctor who had been standing beside him, preventing Prince Andrew from seeing his face, moved away.
    Book Ten — 1812 (96% in)
  • The prince tried to comfort her, but Helene, as if quite distraught, said through her tears that there was nothing to prevent her marrying, that there were precedents (there were up to that time very few, but she mentioned Napoleon and some other exalted personages), that she had never been her husband's wife, and that she had been sacrificed.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (13% in)
  • Shouldn't we put a cordon round to prevent the rest from running away?"
    Book Eleven — 1812 (51% in)
  • Moreover, at this moment Pierre was supported in his design and prevented from renouncing it by what he had already done in that direction.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (72% in)
  • And even had he not been hindered by anything on the way, his intention could not now have been carried out, for Napoleon had passed the Arbat more than four hours previously on his way from the Dorogomilov suburb to the Kremlin, and was now sitting in a very gloomy frame of mind in a royal study in the Kremlin, giving detailed and exact orders as to measures to be taken immediately to extinguish the fire, to prevent looting, and to reassure the inhabitants.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (93% in)
  • We belong to different camps, but that does not prevent my esteeming her as she deserves.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (3% in)
  • I grieve that my waning strength prevents rejoicing in the sight of your most gracious presence.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (6% in)
  • Yet in reality those personal interests of the moment so much transcend the general interests that they always prevent the public interest from being felt or even noticed.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (15% in)
  • As he looked at the matter in this way, he learned that he was being sent to Voronezh to buy remounts for his division, not only without regret at being prevented from taking part in the coming battle, but with the greatest pleasure—which he did not conceal and which his comrades fully understood.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (17% in)
  • "Oh, that would be so dread...." she began and, prevented by agitation from finishing, she bent her head with a movement as graceful as everything she did in his presence and, looking up at him gratefully, went out, following her aunt.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (36% in)
  • Now that she knew that the renewal of Natasha's relations with Prince Andrew would prevent Nicholas from marrying Princess Mary, she was joyfully conscious of a return of that self-sacrificing spirit in which she was accustomed to live and loved to live.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (47% in)
  • But this happiness on one side of her spiritual nature did not prevent her feeling grief for her brother with full force; on the contrary, that spiritual tranquility on the one side made it the more possible for her to give full play to her feeling for her brother.
    Book Twelve — 1812 (79% in)
  • The men were forbidden to talk out loud, to smoke their pipes, or to strike a light, and they tried to prevent their horses neighing.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (22% in)
  • But not to speak of the fact that nothing prevented him from advancing into those southern provinces (for the Russian army did not bar his way), the historians forget that nothing could have saved his army, for then already it bore within itself the germs of inevitable ruin.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (93% in)
  • Kutuzov alone used all his power (and such power is very limited in the case of any commander in chief) to prevent an attack.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (99% in)
  • But the pain was immediately followed by a feeling of release from the oppressive constraint that had prevented her taking part in life.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (3% in)
  • They blamed Kutuzov and said that from the very beginning of the campaign he had prevented their vanquishing Napoleon, that he thought of nothing but satisfying his passions and would not advance from the Linen Factories because he was comfortable there, that at Krasnoe he checked the advance because on learning that Napoleon was there he had quite lost his head, and that it was probable that he had an understanding with Napoleon and had been bribed by him, and so on, and so on.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (7% in)
  • This simultaneous discussion of many topics did not prevent a clear understanding but on the contrary was the surest sign that they fully understood one another.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (70% in)
  • But to know what can and what cannot be executed is impossible, not only in the case of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in which millions participated, but even in the simplest event, for in either case millions of obstacles may arise to prevent its execution.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (86% in)
  • A contemporary event seems to us to be indubitably the doing of all the known participants, but with a more remote event we already see its inevitable results which prevent our considering anything else possible.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (94% in)

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