intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs \

Definition of intercourse

1 : connection or dealings between persons or groups
2 : exchange especially of thoughts or feelings : communion
3 : physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person anal intercourse oral intercourse especially : sexual intercourse sense 1 heterosexual intercourse

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Synonyms & Antonyms for intercourse

Synonyms

commerce, dealings, interaction, relation

Antonyms

nonintercourse

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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse

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Again, the pain and bleeding associated with first-time vaginal intercourse depends on your hymen. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is a Hymen?," 4 Oct. 2018 The expectation may be that if two people have intercourse, both the man and the woman are going to have an orgasm relatively quickly. Time, "Ask Dr. Ruth: How Can I Orgasm More Easily During Sex?," 29 Mar. 2018 The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville said in a report posted on its website late Friday that independent investigators found 16 students were subjected to unwanted contact from male faculty, including intercourse. Fox News, "Boarding school: 7 former staffers sexually abused students," 18 Aug. 2018 The proportion of high school students who have had intercourse has fallen to 40% in 2017 from 48% in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Minefield of Talking With Your Children About Sexting," 20 Oct. 2018 Argento, per the account in the Times report, asked a family member who arrived with Bennett to leave before serving him alcohol and engaging in intercourse with him. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Asia Argento Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations, Calls Report "Absolutely False"," 21 Aug. 2018 But if it's caused by scar tissue, and there's a significant amount affecting intercourse, a physician may be able to dissolve or remove it. Jenna Birch, Health.com, "6 Things Your Partner's Penis Can Tell You About His Health," 16 Mar. 2018 Louisiana's felony carnal knowledge law prohibits adults, people 17 or older, from having consensual intercourse with a person ages 13-16 if the offender is four years or more older than the victim. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "2 men accused of sex encounters with juvenile met on Grindr," 9 Jan. 2018 In addition to causing extremely painful periods, endometriosis can lead to painful intercourse, occasional heavy periods, and infertility, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "7 Period Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of intercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intercourse

Middle English intercurse, probably from Middle French entrecours, from Medieval Latin intercursus, from Latin, act of running between, from intercurrere to run between, from inter- + currere to run — more at car

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intercourse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intercourse

: communication and actions between people

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs \

Kids Definition of intercourse

: dealings between persons or groups Social intercourse requires communication.

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs, -ˌkȯ(ə)rs \

Medical Definition of intercourse

1 : connection or dealings between persons or groups
2 : physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person anal intercourse oral intercourse especially : sexual intercourse sense 1 heterosexual intercourse

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