Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun prophylactic

2 senses of prophylactic

Sense 1
preventive, preventative, prophylactic -- (remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease; "the doctor recommended several preventatives")
       => remedy, curative, cure, therapeutic -- (a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain)

Sense 2
condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic -- (contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse)
       => contraceptive, preventive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, birth control device -- (an agent or device intended to prevent conception)

Antonyms of adj prophylactic

3 senses of prophylactic

Sense 1
contraceptive, prophylactic, antifertility -- (capable of preventing conception or impregnation; "contraceptive devices and medications")

INDIRECT (VIA protective) -> unprotective -- (not affording protection)

Sense 2
cautionary, prophylactic -- (warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze)

INDIRECT (VIA protective) -> unprotective -- (not affording protection)

Sense 3
preventive, preventative, prophylactic -- (preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug")

INDIRECT (VIA healthful) -> unhealthful -- (detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint")

Similarity of adj prophylactic

3 senses of prophylactic

Sense 1
contraceptive, prophylactic, antifertility -- (capable of preventing conception or impregnation; "contraceptive devices and medications")
       => protective (vs. unprotective) -- (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")

Sense 2
cautionary, prophylactic -- (warding off; "the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples"- Victor Schultze)
       => protective (vs. unprotective) -- (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")

Sense 3
preventive, preventative, prophylactic -- (preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease; "preventive medicine"; "vaccines are prophylactic"; "a prophylactic drug")
       => healthful (vs. unhealthful) -- (conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance")

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