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- Serving to intervene or interpose; intervening.
1817, William Jones, “Towards attaining a fixed Principle on a contested Elementary Point”, in Studies of Chess, page 405:
- The Laws, or Interventive Regulations, obviate or decide disputes, between players, respecting punctilios in placing the board and pieces, and limit the penalties for irregularities.
1997 June 20, Angela Bowman, “Labor Dispute”, in Chicago Reader:
- In a hospital setting, midwives are following protocols that are part of a more interventive model of care.
2007 June 27, “Same-Sex Marriage: Parsing the Arguments (1 Letter)”, in New York Times:
- His opposition to same-sex marriage rests upon two familiar conservative notions: the view that interventive “protection” rather than encouragement is the best way to bolster the presumably threatened institution of marriage […] .
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