Origin of prophylactic
Related formspro·phy·lac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for prophylactic
Section 5, by contrast, works as a prophylactic measure, stopping discrimination before it can occur.The Supreme Court’s Ruling and the End of the Civil-Rights Era|Adam Winkler|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Six months later, at a hospital 600 miles from home, my mom underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy.
The speech contained a sentence of prophylactic praise for initiative and enterprise, hard work and personal responsibility.
Yet many doctors recommend aspirin as a prophylactic for everyone at risk of heart disease.
Murray himself explains this decision as a prophylactic measure, a means to avoid hot-button issues of race and ethnicity.
His attitude is prophylactic, rather than polemic, for the “philosophy” has not as yet taken deep root.
Now, there is no need of explaining the prophylactic importance of observations such as these!Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
He even regarded it as a prophylactic against certain diseases.The Life of Sir Richard Burton|Thomas Wright
The belief in the prophylactic power of tobacco was, however, very generally held.The Social History of Smoking|G. L. Apperson
Cold infusion of tar was used in our colonies as a prophylactic against the Small Pox.