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[kon-truh-sep-shuh n] /ˌkɒn trəˈsɛp ʃən/
the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control.
Origin of contraception
1885-90; contra-1 + (con)ception Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contraception
  • The college prohibits the distribution of contraception on the campus.
  • They are more open to contraception and more likely to understand their options.
  • Health care must be guaranteed as a right, not a commodity, and include reproductive health care and contraception.
  • Active methods include contraception and translocation-trucking surplus elephants out of overpopulated areas.
  • Biotech companies are rapidly making advances in genetics, but contraception technology hasn't changed much in decades.
  • Implant contraception involves inserting a rod under the skin.
  • But so is birth in a hospital, not to mention contraception.
  • Government clinics provide artificial contraception to those who want it, much to the irritation of the bishops.
  • Critics say that his stance toward emergency contraception has also shifted.
  • The solution is clear, all food aid should be laced with contraception.
British Dictionary definitions for contraception


the intentional prevention of conception by artificial or natural means. Artificial methods in common use include preventing the sperm from reaching the ovum (using condoms, diaphragms, etc), inhibiting ovulation (using oral contraceptive pills), preventing implantation (using intrauterine devices), killing the sperm (using spermicides), and preventing the sperm from entering the seminal fluid (by vasectomy). Natural methods include the rhythm method and coitus interruptus Compare birth control, family planning
Word Origin
C19: from contra- + conception
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Word Origin and History for contraception

"birth control," coined 1886 from Latin contra (see contra) + ending from conception.

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contraception in Medicine

contraception con·tra·cep·tion (kŏn'trə-sěp'shən)
Intentional prevention of conception or impregnation through the use of various devices, agents, drugs, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.

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contraception in Culture

contraception definition

Any practice that serves to prevent conception during sexual activity.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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