contraceptive

[ kon-truh-sep-tiv ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈsɛp tɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation.
pertaining to contraception.

noun

a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.

Origin of contraceptive

First recorded in 1890–95; contra-1 + (con)ceptive
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British Dictionary definitions for contraceptive

contraceptive

/ (ˌkɒntrəˈsɛptɪv) /

adjective

relating to or used for contraception; able or tending to prevent impregnation

noun

any device that prevents or tends to prevent conception
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Word Origin and History for contraceptive

contraceptive


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

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Medicine definitions for contraceptive

contraceptive

[ kŏn′trə-sĕptĭv ]

adj.

Capable of preventing conception.

n.

A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception.
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Science definitions for contraceptive

contraceptive

[ kŏn′trə-sĕptĭv ]

A substance or device capable of preventing pregnancy.
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