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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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 Studies show that men and women who have intercourse with their partners have greater satisfaction with their mental health. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "10 health benefits of having more sex," 1 Mar. 2018 She was eventually diagnosed with vaginismus, which is characterized by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles that tighten the vaginal entrance, causing pain, penetration problems and inability to have intercourse. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Woman says agonizing condition has left her unable to have sex," 26 June 2018 In New York, for example, 31 percent of students reported ever having had intercourse. New York Times, "Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow," 14 June 2018 Multiple studies have shown that having intercourse is perfectly safe throughout pregnancy. Nancy Redd, Marie Claire, "6 Tips for Amazing Sex During Pregnancy," 13 Apr. 2018 In describing what occurred, de la Huerta said Weinstein violently forced her down and had intercourse with her against her will. Anchorage Daily News, "Harvey Weinstein faces arrest after sex assault accusations," 26 Mar. 2015 Many of these students also mistakenly believe that women orgasm from intercourse alone. Laurie Mintz, Philly.com, "The orgasm gap explained: Why she's just not as into it," 18 May 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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