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contraception Syllabification: con·tra·cep·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈsepSH(ə)n/

Definition of contraception in English:


The deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. The major forms of artificial contraception are barrier methods, of which the most common is the condom; the contraceptive pill, which contains synthetic sex hormones that prevent ovulation in the female; intrauterine devices, such as the coil, which prevent the fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus; and male or female sterilization.
Example sentences
  • The only way to have safe sex is to use a reliable barrier method of contraception such as a condom.
  • You should also use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom until the problem has been identified.
  • It is important to consider plans for pregnancy when deciding on a method of contraception.


Late 19th century: from contra- 'against' + a shortened form of conception.

Words that rhyme with contraception

conception, deception, exception, inception, interception, misconception, perception, reception
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