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contraceptive

[kon-truh-sep-tiv] /ˌkɒn trəˈsɛp tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation.
2.
pertaining to contraception.
noun
3.
a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.
Origin of contraceptive
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; contra-1 + (con)ceptive
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  • The advantage and disadvantage of this or that contraceptive is a technical matter for the doctors to determine.

  • But the remedy is simple: give her full instruction in the use of contraceptive measures.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • But contraceptive knowledge, etc., has now become so general that to regulate sex activity is no longer to regulate reproduction.

    Taboo and Genetics

    Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • In what way has society been injured by this couple obtaining the contraceptive knowledge?

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • The notoriously "unsafe" character of the contraceptive measures has only diminished this fear, not completely allayed it.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
British Dictionary definitions for contraceptive

contraceptive

/ˌkɒntrəˈsɛptɪv/
adjective
1.
relating to or used for contraception; able or tending to prevent impregnation
noun
2.
any device that prevents or tends to prevent conception
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Word Origin and History for contraceptive

1891 (n.), 1918 (adj.), from stem of contraception + -ive.

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contraceptive in Medicine

contraceptive con·tra·cep·tive (kŏn'trə-sěp'tĭv)
adj.
Capable of preventing conception. n.
A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception.

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contraceptive in Science
contraceptive
  (kŏn'trə-sěp'tĭv)   
A substance or device capable of preventing pregnancy.
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