intercourse

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

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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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse
Recent Examples on the Web The authors of this study said there is no recent data focused on first experiences with intercourse. Jen Christensen, CNN, "For 1 in 16 US women, their first experience with sexual intercourse was rape, study says," 16 Sep. 2019 But in cases of vaginal intercourse, it is left up to a judge’s discretion. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California candidate’s false claim on gay sex bill costs him an endorsement," 13 Sep. 2019 While Miss Manners does not condone the behavior of the person demanding a glass of whatever you were drinking, sharing is still central to social intercourse. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Wine snobs don’t want to share," 24 July 2019 The men argued that the young woman had consented to intercourse. Time, "Thousands Protest in Spain After Five Men Escape Gang Rape Convictions," 28 Apr. 2018 Research published last year also found worse psychological well-being and physical health among women whose first intercourse was forced or coerced. Lindsey Tanner, Los Angeles Times, "About 1 in 16 U.S. women say they were forced or coerced into losing their virginity," 16 Sep. 2019 Research published last year also found worse psychological well-being and physical health among women whose first intercourse was forced or coerced. Washington Post, "Many US women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens," 16 Sep. 2019 Research published last year also found worse psychological well-being and physical health among women whose first intercourse was forced or coerced. NBC News, "Many U.S. women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens," 16 Sep. 2019 After a royal wedding, a form of symbolic intercourse often occurred in front of numerous witnesses. Brian Fagan, The Conversation, "The bizarre social history of beds," 13 Sep. 2019

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

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intercourse

noun
How to pronounce intercourse (audio)

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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