contraception

noun
con·​tra·​cep·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce contraception (audio) \

Definition of contraception

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

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Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \ ˌkän-​trə-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce contraceptive (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of contraception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study documents how publicly funded family planning providers struggled to provide teens with confidential access to contraception after Texas cut the state family planning budget in 2011 and excluded Planned Parenthood from funding. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Sanders’ momentum grows, Cornyn rakes in cash, AOC makes endorsements, and Abbott aids abuse victims," 25 Feb. 2020 Churches have always been exempt from the mandate, but there has been considerable litigation over whether employers with religious affiliations or strong religious or moral objections to contraception must comply. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Review Exemptions to Birth Control Mandate," 17 Jan. 2020 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also released an updated committee opinion on Sept. 24, 2019 continuing its support of over-the-counter access to hormonal contraception. Sarah Lynch, The Conversation, "How birth control pill prescriptions by a pharmacist could broaden access and keep costs down," 7 Oct. 2019 The availability of contraception in west and central Africa is still shockingly low by global standards, as is female education; 31 of the 39 countries where less than half of girls enroll in secondary school are in sub-Saharan Africa. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Global Population Could Peak Sooner Than We Think," 24 June 2019 Inside the package is information about the species, the impacts of population growth and solutions to the problem, including access to contraception and reproductive health care. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This group says we need fewer humans. It's giving out condoms featuring endangered animals.," 14 Feb. 2020 Common triggers include acne, skin treatments such as microdermabrasion and lasers, oral contraception and pregnancy. Essence, "Everything You Need To Know To Get The Skin You Want This Year," 20 Jan. 2020 The rules prohibit Catholic hospitals, except in extreme situations, from providing procedures the church deems immoral — including abortions, contraception and sterilization. Washington Post, "Wisconsin’s Catholic hospitals limit reproductive procedures," 21 Dec. 2019 Four million people rely on Title X for access to contraception and reproductive health care. Myra Macpherson, The New Republic, "The Forgotten Father of the Abortion Rights Movement," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of contraception

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contraception

contra- + conception

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The first known use of contraception was in 1886

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22 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contraception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraception. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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contraception

noun
How to pronounce contraception (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of contraception

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

contraception

noun
con·​tra·​cep·​tion | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce contraception (audio) \

Medical Definition of contraception

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

Other Words from contraception

contraceptive \ -​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce contraceptive (audio) \ adjective or noun

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