Definition of contraceptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒntrəˈsɛptɪv/


1(Of a method or device) serving to prevent pregnancy: the contraceptive pill
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  • Most women who discontinue hormonal contraception do not use another contraceptive method and are therefore at high risk for unintended pregnancy.
  • The combined goals of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy should be considerations when choosing a contraceptive method.
  • Access to effective and safe contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted disease protection is a primary medical concern for all sexually active women.
1.1Relating to contraception: a book popularizing contraceptive knowledge
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  • In societies where contraceptive knowledge is poor, abortion is the only means available to women to control their reproduction.
  • Evidence for the commission in 1903-04 indicates that there was indeed an increase in contraceptive knowledge and use in the nineteenth century.
  • Expanding such knowledge and extending contraceptive access rightly became a focus of working women's organizations in the twenties and thirties.


A device or drug serving to prevent pregnancy: we’d been making love without contraceptives for months
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  • At least if we can educate them about contraceptives and protection the teenage pregnancy rate will fall.
  • Hormonal contraceptives have changed many women's relationship to pregnancy by putting the choice in their own hands.
  • The most appropriate contraceptives for most young people are likely to be condoms and the contraceptive pill.

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