birth control

[ burthkuhn-trohl ]
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noun
  1. regulation of the number of children born through the deliberate control or prevention of conception: She campaigned and went to prison for the right of women to practice birth control.: Compare family planning (def. 1).

  2. a drug, technique, or device used to deliberately control or prevent conception (often used attributively): Diaphragms were a common form of birth control long before the invention of contraceptive pills.Vasectomies are growing in frequency as a birth control method in many countries.

Origin of birth control

1
First recorded in 1905–10; popularized in 1914 by Margaret Sanger

Other words from birth control

  • pro·birth-con·trol, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for birth control

birth control

noun
  1. limitation of child-bearing by means of contraception: See also family planning

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Scientific definitions for birth control

birth control

  1. Planned interference with conception in order to control the number of offspring born. Birth control techniques include drugs containing hormones, the diaphragm, and the intrauterine device.

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Cultural definitions for birth control

birth control

The practice of preventing conception to limit the number of births. (See contraception, family planning, population control, and Margaret Sanger.)

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