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prevent
used in Freakonomics

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to stop (something from happening)
  • But the safety to be gained here is from preventing the kids from riding shotgun, not from strapping them into a $200 car seat.
    p. 153.4
  • Also, if the test prevents poor students from advancing without merit, they won't clog up the higher grades and slow down good students.
    p. 23.5
  • In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant spelled out for the House of Representatives the true aims of the Ku Klux Klan: "By force and terror, to prevent all political action not in accord with the views of the members, to deprive colored citizens of the right to bear arms and of the right of a free ballot, to suppress the schools in which colored children were taught, and to reduce the colored people to a condition closely allied to that of slavery."
    p. 52.0
  • If your doctor suggests that you have angioplasty—even though some current research suggests that angioplasty often does little to prevent heart attacks—you aren't likely to think that the doctor is using his informational advantage to make a few thousand dollars for himself or his buddy.
    p. 67.5
  • A few years earlier, Bouza had written a book in which he called abortion "arguably the only effective crime-prevention device adopted in this nation since the late 1960s."
    p. 142.9
  • The steps to prevent drowning, meanwhile, are pretty straightforward: a watchful adult, a fence around the pool, a locked back door so a toddler doesn't slip outside unnoticed.
    p. 153.1

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