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contraceptive Syllabification: con·tra·cep·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈseptiv/

Definition of contraceptive in English:


1(Of a method or device) serving to prevent pregnancy: the contraceptive pill
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Of or relating 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.


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A device or drug serving to prevent pregnancy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
prophylactic, condom, birth control pill, the pill, diaphragm, the sponge, female condom, IUD, cervical cap, morning-after pill, BC/BCP
trademark Plan B

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