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[kon-truh-sep-tiv] /ˌkɒn trəˈsɛp tɪv/
tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation.
pertaining to contraception.
a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.
Origin of contraceptive
1890-95; contra-1 + (con)ceptive Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contraceptive
  • The syringe contains an experimental contraceptive drug.
  • And there is no satisfying consensus about the mechanism by which the contraceptive encourages infection.
  • As she weeps, she holds a vial under her eyes to capture the fresh cheap and natural contraceptive.
  • The contraceptive produces hormonal cues indicating early pregnancy, not an enticing target for a would-be suitor.
  • And-this being the point to keep your eye on-economic development is the best contraceptive.
  • Buck says he is pro-life, but doesn't support banning common contraceptive methods.
  • In fact, some doctors describe it as a nearly ideal contraceptive.
  • Clinic-focused programs provide easier access to information, counseling by health care providers, and contraceptive services.
  • So it seeks to oppose contraceptive education and devices throughout the world.
British Dictionary definitions for contraceptive


relating to or used for contraception; able or tending to prevent impregnation
any device that prevents or tends to prevent conception
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Word Origin and History for contraceptive

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

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contraceptive in Medicine

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

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contraceptive in Science
A substance or device capable of preventing pregnancy.
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