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English adjective: prophylactic

1. prophylactic capable of preventing conception or impregnation


SamplesContraceptive devices and medications.


Synonymsantifertility, contraceptive


Similarprotective


Antonymsunprotective

2. prophylactic warding off


SamplesThe swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples.


Synonymscautionary


Similarprotective


Antonymsunprotective

3. prophylactic preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease


SamplesPreventive medicine.
Vaccines are prophylactic.
A prophylactic drug.


Synonymspreventative, preventive


Similarhealthful


Antonymsunhealthful


English noun: prophylactic

1. prophylactic (artifact) remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease


SamplesThe doctor recommended several preventatives.


Synonymspreventative, preventive


Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

2. prophylactic (artifact) contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse


Synonymscondom, rubber, safe, safety


Broader (hypernym)birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device









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