- the deliberate prevention of conception or impregnation by any of various drugs, techniques, or devices; birth control.
Origin of contraception
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Examples from the Web for contraception
And to other parts of the Affordable Care Act, not just the so-called “contraception mandate.”RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
Contraception is not abortion, and those who misunderstand this subject do harm to the pro-life cause.Rand Paul’s Plan B for Pro-Life Critics
October 5, 2014
The eight others wrote back with stories about a variety of health conditions that caused them to take some form of contraception.The Pill Is More Than Birth Control
July 29, 2014
But unlike Hobby Lobby, who rejected just four types of contraception, Eden Foods is rejecting all of them.The Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods
July 9, 2014
They need things like contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay.Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’
Kelly Williams Brown
July 7, 2014
The practice of contraception is a debatable question, and one on which the most varied evidence has been given.
- the intentional prevention of conception by artificial or natural means. Artificial methods in common use include preventing the sperm from reaching the ovum (using condoms, diaphragms, etc), inhibiting ovulation (using oral contraceptive pills), preventing implantation (using intrauterine devices), killing the sperm (using spermicides), and preventing the sperm from entering the seminal fluid (by vasectomy). Natural methods include the rhythm method and coitus interruptusCompare birth control, family planning
C19: from contra- + conception
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Word Origin and History for contraception
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- Intentional prevention of conception or impregnation through the use of various devices, agents, drugs, sexual practices, or surgical procedures.
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Any practice that serves to prevent conception during sexual activity.
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