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intercourse

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noun in·ter·course \ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs\

Simple Definition of intercourse

  • : communication and actions between people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intercourse

  1. 1 :  connection or dealings between persons or groups

  2. 2 :  exchange especially of thoughts or feelings :  communion

  3. 3 :  physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person <anal intercourse> <oral intercourse>; especially :  sexual intercourse 1 <heterosexual intercourse>

Examples of intercourse in a sentence

  1. the unspoken rules of social intercourse



Origin and Etymology of intercourse

Middle English intercurse, probably from Middle French entrecours, from Medieval Latin intercursus, from Latin, act of running between, from intercurrere to run between, from inter- + currere to run — more at car


First Known Use: 15th century


INTERCOURSE Defined for Kids

intercourse

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noun in·ter·course \ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs\

Definition of intercourse for Students

  1. :  dealings between persons or groups <Social intercourse requires communication.>




Medical Dictionary

intercourse

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noun in·ter·course \ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs, -ˌkȯ(ə)rs\

Medical Definition of intercourse

  1. 1:  connection or dealings between persons or groups

  2. 2:  physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person <anal intercourse> <oral intercourse>; especially :  sexual intercourse 1 <heterosexual intercourse>





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