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 These outcomes would not be possible without women’s ability to control their own reproductive health, including access to contraception. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Why US businesses are opining on a Supreme Court case about contraception," 2 May 2020 Cockrum pushed a host of initiatives, including making emergency contraception available over the counter, allowing Planned Parenthood patients to use Medicaid for health care services and expanding beyond abstinence-only education. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Betty Cockrum, longtime defender of abortion rights in Indiana, dies," 19 May 2020 Businesses that objected could also opt out, but women could still get contraception through the insurer. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "RBG says women are being “tossed to the wind” in Supreme Court birth control case," 6 May 2020 The next year, the Obama administration required employers and insurers to provide women with coverage at no cost for all methods of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Divided Over Obamacare’s Contraceptive Mandate," 6 May 2020 Shortly after, the Supreme Court granted a temporary restraining order for the Little Sisters, as well as other religious groups, that allowed it to opt out of paying for the contraception offered in its healthcare plans. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Little Sisters of the Poor dragged back to the Supreme Court after nearly a decade of disputes," 4 May 2020 For couples whose contraception is covered by insurance, the issue of cost-sharing may still come up when discussing another common type of birth control: condoms. Morgan Ome, The Atlantic, "The Surprisingly Fraught Question of Who Pays for Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2020 The new policy on contraception would allow more categories of employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious objections. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 19 Jan. 2020 The greatest postpartum need is for mental health services and contraception, according to numerous providers, neither of which CHIP covers. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 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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14 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contraception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraception. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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