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Definition 1: contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for prophylactic in the sense of this definition

(prophylactic is a kind of ...) an agent or device intended to prevent conception

Definition 2: remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where prophylactic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the doctor recommended several preventatives

Synonyms for prophylactic in the sense of this definition

(prophylactic is a kind of ...) a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

Definition 3: preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where prophylactic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • preventive medicine
  • vaccines are prophylactic
  • a prophylactic drug

Synonyms for prophylactic in the sense of this definition

(prophylactic is similar to ...) conducive to good health of body or mind

"a healthful climate" "a healthful environment" "healthful nutrition" "healthful sleep" "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"

Definition 4: warding off - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where prophylactic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples

Synonyms for prophylactic in the sense of this definition

(prophylactic is similar to ...) intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

"a protective covering" "the use of protective masks and equipment" "protective coatings" "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody" "animals with protective coloring" "protective tariffs"

Definition 5: capable of preventing conception or impregnation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where prophylactic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • contraceptive devices and medications

Synonyms for prophylactic in the sense of this definition

(prophylactic is similar to ...) intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

"a protective covering" "the use of protective masks and equipment" "protective coatings" "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody" "animals with protective coloring" "protective tariffs"

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