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contraception

Line breaks: contra|cep¦tion
Pronunciation: /kɒntrəˈsɛpʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of contraception in English:

noun

[mass noun]
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 commonest is the condom or sheath; the contraceptive pill, which contains synthetic sex hormones which 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: one of the most important methods of contraception it had been her first time, they didn’t use any contraception
More 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.

Origin

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

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