contraception

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

Definition of contraception

: deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation

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 Male contraception research is sponsored by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in collaboration with the Population Council, which developed the Nestorone. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Some lawmakers, delivering on their desire to make America 1950 again, are weighing measures to criminalize contraception itself. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 Oliveri said contraception can be described the same way. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The Yellowhammer Fund offers people in Alabama, Mississippi, and the Deep South financial and practical support for reproductive healthcare, and also offers supplies like free emergency contraception. refinery29.com, 17 May 2022 The left is nonetheless searching far and wide for a politician willing, or dumb enough, to suggest a contraception ban. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 May 2022 Emergency contraception is now available over the counter but at a much higher cost than the prescription versions that are covered by insurance and take longer to dispense. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 Are any conservatives actually interested in ending contraception? Joel Mathis, The Week, 10 May 2022 Your guest just a moment ago discussed things like contraception. NBC News, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

24 May 2022

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“Contraception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraception. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for contraception

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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