family planning


: planning intended to determine the number and spacing of one's children through birth control

Examples of family planning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delivery of family planning services relies on community health workers in Ethiopia and many other countries. Stephanie Nolen Tiksa Negeri, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Much of the anemia burden in this group is likely related to lack of menstrual education, inadequate options for effectively managing menstrual problems in those who have them, and unmet needs for family planning services. Nicholas Kassebaum, The Conversation, 8 Sep. 2023 China’s population is in decline and skewing older because of family planning policies launched in the 1970s, as well as increasing income and education, Vox reports. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 17 May 2023 Basal body temperature is often used as a tool in family planning, so this isn’t coming out of left field. Victoria Song, The Verge, 31 July 2023 And all of this comes amid Republican rollbacks of federal and state family planning programs. Rebecca Grant, ELLE, 23 June 2023 So even that aspect of his work is kind of crushed under the wheels of this new era of family planning. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2023 This is what’s happening in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where family planning clinics were forced to close, leaving thousands of low-income patients without care — reproductive or otherwise. Nicole Froio,, 13 July 2023 Climate change is not only affecting the planet but also parents, children, and even family planning. Sarah Cottrell, Parents, 23 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of family planning was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Family planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

family planning

: planning that is intended to determine the number and spacing of one's children by using effective methods of birth control

Medical Definition

family planning

: planning intended to determine the number and spacing of one's children through effective methods of birth control

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