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 Through the Healthy Texas Women program, the state provides certain healthcare services, such as contraception and cancer screenings, to lower-income women. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trump administration allows Texas to receive family planning funds while excluding Planned Parenthood," 22 Jan. 2020 To be most useful, the capsule should be designed to emit three weeks of contraception and then allow for a woman’s period, like a month’s supply of birth control pills does, Traverso said. Lauran Neergaard, USA TODAY, "A once-a-month birth control pill? New star-shaped device shows promise," 5 Dec. 2019 Working toward over-the-counter contraception in the U.S. is a worthy endeavor. Sarah Lynch, The Conversation, "How birth control pill prescriptions by a pharmacist could broaden access and keep costs down," 7 Oct. 2019 Beyond that, he’s written very hot dissents in the contraception mandate case over ObamaCare. Emily Stewart, Vox, "A leader in the fight to protect Roe v. Wade lays out the plan to stop Brett Kavanaugh," 29 July 2018 IUDs and other forms of contraception are more reliable. Wired, "A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here's How It Works," 4 Dec. 2019 Nearly everyone can get hold of contraception, but 12% of 15-19-year-olds cannot. The Economist, "Thailand takes unusual steps to improve sex education," 10 Oct. 2019 Until the nearby clinic closed, both women had been going there for contraception and other health care. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Cory Booker Gets Real About Reproductive Justice," 20 June 2019 Some women may even be forced to choose between putting food on the table and buying contraception, as patients who once were treated for free may now be charged a $15 to $20 co-pay, according to Planned Parenthood. Jess Mchugh, Fortune, "Title X Has Never Paid for Abortions—But the Trump Administration Gutted It Anyway," 26 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for contraception

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The first known use of contraception was in 1886

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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contraception.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraception. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for contraception

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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