preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Definition of pregnancy

1 : the quality of being pregnant (as in meaning)
2 : the condition of being pregnant : gestation
3 : an instance of being pregnant

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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year
Recent Examples on the Web Both companies gave pregnancy tests to potential trial participants and dropped anyone who tested positive. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Citing a violation of the First Amendment, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative advocacy group, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Connecticut law designed to prevent deceptive advertising at crisis pregnancy centers. Alex Putterman,, 13 Oct. 2021 And the evidence to date shows the Covid vaccine is no different than all the other vaccines that doctors recommend for individuals who are considering pregnancy, Cedars said. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 Sure, certain postpartum exercises can help build core strength and even address some of the physiological changes that may come with pregnancy, like diastasis recti or pelvic floor issues. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 Boyd, the doctor, begins performing abortions after awakening to the necessity of women’s reproductive freedom—inspired, in part, by a childhood crush whose reputation was ruined by an unwanted pregnancy. Marin Cogan, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 In 2019, the Trump administration introduced a rule change that barred providers participating in Title X from engaging in what’s known as non-directive pregnancy counseling. Jennifer Gerson, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 The world of horror doesn’t lack for ‘80s throwbacks or slashers-come-lately, whereas a pregnancy thriller about a Mexican-American couple feels downright novel by comparison. Michael Nordine, Variety, 7 Oct. 2021 Eventually, the ticking plot bombs that Titane has set—Alexia’s pregnancy, her deception, and her past as a murderer—go off. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2021

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“Pregnancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pregnancy

: the condition of a woman or female animal that is going to have a baby or babies : the condition of a pregnant woman or female animal


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy

1 : the condition of being pregnant
2 : an instance of being pregnant

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