birth control

noun

Definition of birth control

1 : control of the number of children or offspring born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception
2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

Examples of birth control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defense attorney asked if the girl was on birth control. Rebecca Makkai, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Being on birth control is giving me options as a young woman. Brooklyn White, Essence, 14 July 2021 Anyone who questioned the papacy’s position on birth control, married priests or women priests was disqualified. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 July 2021 Forcing anyone to remain on birth control against their will is an explicit form of reproductive coercion. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 In hopes to clear it up, Noceda went on hormonal birth control and started wearing heavy makeup for the first time. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 17 June 2021 Don’t forget that in the trials, women had to be on birth control. Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2021 The park announced in 2019 that April would be placed on birth control and retired from the park's breeding program. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 2 Apr. 2021 While Ginny is delivering an English presentation defending Pride & Prejudice’s Lydia Bennet, her mom pulls her out of class to go to the gynecologist and put her on birth control. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of birth control

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Sep 2021

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“Birth control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20control. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for birth control

birth control

noun

English Language Learners Definition of birth control

: things that are done to keep a woman from becoming pregnant

birth control

noun

Medical Definition of birth control

1 : control of the number of children born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception
2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

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Nglish: Translation of birth control for Spanish Speakers

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