intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Definition of intercourse

1 : 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
2 : exchange especially of thoughts or feelings : communion
3 : connection or dealings between persons or groups

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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse
Recent Examples on the Web It can be aggravated by your period and activities like vaginal intercourse, bowel movements, urination, and exercise. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 Clinics offer an emergency contraceptive up to five days after intercourse as well as abortions before 12 weeks, known as menstrual regulation. Susannah Savage, Washington Post, "‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape," 22 May 2018 The men argued that the young woman had consented to intercourse. Fox News, "Protests in Spain after 5 imprisoned on lesser charge in Pamplona 'gang rape'," 26 Apr. 2018 The victim told authorities the two didn’t have intercourse. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, "Who are the Riveras, the family implicated in the killing of St. Cloud mother Nicole Montalvo? | Special report," 27 Nov. 2019 Its presence or absence does not indicate whether a person has had intercourse. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "So What, Exactly, Is the Hymen, and What Does It Do?," 30 Oct. 2019 After a royal wedding, a form of symbolic intercourse often occurred in front of numerous witnesses. Brian Fagan, Quartzy, "The bizarre 77,000-year history of beds," 4 Oct. 2019 In addition, many women do not reliably experience an orgasm during intercourse. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Can Rabbits Help Unravel the Mystery of Female Orgasm?," 30 Sep. 2019 The 46-year-old driver is accused of having non-consensual intercourse with the 25-year-old woman. Fox News, "California Lyft driver accused of raping intoxicated passenger: report," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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The first known use of intercourse was in the 15th century

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13 Feb 2020

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“Intercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercourse. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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intercourse

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English Language Learners Definition of intercourse

formal : communication and actions between people

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

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 How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

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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