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prevent
used in Atlas Shrugged

28 uses
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Definition
to stop (something from happening)
  • One word from you would prevent it.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (78% in)
  • We had everything mapped to roll those rails, but unforeseen developments set in which nobody could have prevented.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (2% in)
  • Walking across the room, Dagny wondered why she had said that she wanted to find Hank Rearden, what had prevented her from admitting that she had seen him the moment she entered.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (31% in)
  • While thinking dimly that he did not want to hurt their feelings, he could not prevent himself from adding, "You don't know how hard I've tried to be left standing all by myself."
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (51% in)
  • No. It was intended to prevent the use of Rearden Metal.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (45% in)
  • He was looking at her like a child at an unfamiliar nightmare, incredulity preventing it from becoming horror.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (86% in)
  • She did not know what it was that she had to prevent.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (96% in)
  • That was the party who then pulled every string he could lay his hands on to try to prevent that particular directive from being issued, because he figured he might need rail of Rearden Metal in the future.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (36% in)
  • Because you spent ten thousand dollars pouring liquor into people you hoped would prevent the directive about the bond moratorium!
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (36% in)
  • Did you prevent Mouch from coming here tonight?
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (39% in)
  • It's funny, though, that that famous brain of yours didn't prevent you from getting caught as simply as this.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (15% in)
  • You realize, of course, that we could obtain your Metal simply by having it purchased in smaller quantities by various government offices who would then transfer it to us-and you would not be able to prevent it.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (27% in)
  • The anxiety vanished when she entered the anteroom of Ken Danagger's office: she had reached him, nothing had happened to prevent it, she felt safety, confidence and an enormous sense of relief.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (47% in)
  • That's what I came here to prevent.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (57% in)
  • There was the thought that his old workers had always been able to avert disaster; any of them would have seen e indications of a hang-up and known how to prevent it; but there were not many of them left, and he had to employ whatever men he could find.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (95% in)
  • It was done through a couple of stooges and under a phony name-but I'll need your help to prevent anyone on your staff from becoming inquisitive about it.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (97% in)
  • He could not guess the nature of the struggle, he knew only that there was something which Francisco had the power to prevent in that moment and that it was a power which he would not use.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (99% in)
  • The life of a man of ability who might have perished in that catastrophe, but will escape the next one, which I'll prevent-a man who has an intransigent mind and an unlimited ambition, and is in love with his own life .... the kind of man who is what we were when we started, you and I. You gave him up.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (12% in)
  • She could not prevent the shudder that made her turn to look back.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (59% in)
  • She could not prevent the jolt of eagerness that threw her head up.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (17% in)
  • Were you thinking that I might prevent you from getting Hank Rearden?
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (7% in)
  • If you can't prevent her from going back-nobody can.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (71% in)
  • Then she closed her hands over the edge of the desk, to steady her purpose and her posture, and said, with the bitter hint of a smile, "Well, Eddie, let's see what two impractical persons, like you and me, can do about preventing the tram wrecks.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (64% in)
  • It had not been a sum of achievements brought into existence, but only a sum of zeros, of that which had not happened, a sum of prevented catastrophes-not a task in the service of life, but only a race against death.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (51% in)
  • You've got to prevent it!" she said, in the belligerent tone of a plea disguised as a command.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (70% in)
  • I wanted to prevent"-his hand fumbled toward the red glare in the sky-"what they're doing ....
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (73% in)
  • It seemed senseless to waste such enormous effort on preventing catastrophes, on protecting the mi safety of trains carrying nothing but inanimate objects.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (72% in)
  • You can prevent it.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (78% in)

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