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 contraception (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of contraception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smith invoked the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court case Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, which involved a Catholic charity that did not want to provide contraception coverage for its employees. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "House OKs bill on medical providers' conscience," 16 Mar. 2021 The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in July 2020 in a parallel case involving the Little Sisters of the Poor and Pennsylvania, holding that the Trump administration had the legal authority to exempt certain employers from the contraception mandate. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Becerra’s dark track record on First Amendment and religious liberty," 13 Mar. 2021 Prior to launching the Phexxi, Pelletier struggled with the disparity between male-use and female-use contraception. Monica Haider, Forbes, "This Woman Raised Over $400 Million For A Hormone-Free Contraceptive Gel So That Women Feel Empowered," 9 Apr. 2021 In the absence of other help, a few nonprofit organizations have become critical resources for women, offering low-cost or free contraception. New York Times, "Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives," 20 Feb. 2021 The German church has been at the forefront of pushing the debate on celibacy, contraception and the church’s outreach to gay Catholics, pressured by a powerful lay Catholic group demanding change. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Catholic Church bars blessing of same-sex unions, says God ‘can’t bless sin’," 15 Mar. 2021 Trump had expanded the exemption to cover not only bona-fide religious institutions with objections to contraception, but any employer asserting moral scruples. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The GOP concocts a lie about Becerra suing nuns over contraception coverage," 26 Feb. 2021 And women who could once plan their futures — thanks to contraception — began to lose control. New York Times, "Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives," 20 Feb. 2021 Previous examples of natural disasters and pandemics reducing the birthrate, like the Spanish Flu, preceded the widespread use of contraception. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Covid Baby Bust Could Reverberate for Decades," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Contraception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraception. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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contraception

noun

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 contraception (audio) \ adjective or noun

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