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contraceptive

[kon-truh-sep-tiv] /ˌkɒn trəˈsɛp tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation.
2.
pertaining to contraception.
noun
3.
a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; contra-1 + (con)ceptive
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British Dictionary definitions for contraceptives

contraceptive

/ˌkɒntrəˈsɛptɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to or used for contraception; able or tending to prevent impregnation
noun
2.
any device that prevents or tends to prevent conception
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Word Origin and History for contraceptives

contraceptive

1891 (n.), 1918 (adj.), from stem of contraception + -ive.

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contraceptives in Medicine

contraceptive con·tra·cep·tive (kŏn'trə-sěp'tĭv)
adj.
Capable of preventing conception. n.
A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception.

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contraceptives in Science
contraceptive
  (kŏn'trə-sěp'tĭv)   
A substance or device capable of preventing pregnancy.
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