- tending or serving to prevent conception or impregnation.
- pertaining to contraception.
- a contraceptive device, drug, foam, etc.
Origin of contraceptive
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Examples from the Web for contraceptive
In a best-case scenario they cover the mechanics of reproduction, STD awareness, and contraceptive use.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains
November 29, 2014
Inaccurate label notwithstanding, Plan B is classified by the FDA as a contraceptive.Rand Paul’s Plan B for Pro-Life Critics
October 5, 2014
The four contraceptive methods at issue are abortofacients.Why Hobby Lobby Will Be Bad for Conservatives
June 30, 2014
Those four lawsuits are regarded as longer shots than the challenges to the contraceptive mandate.Why Is the Future of Birth Control In the Hands of the Supreme Court?
Stuart Taylor, Jr.
March 20, 2014
There was similar opposition to birth control, the morning-after pill—every contraceptive.Vessel's Dr. Rebecca Gomperts on Providing Abortions to Women in International Waters
March 9, 2014
The advantage and disadvantage of this or that contraceptive is a technical matter for the doctors to determine.Love--Marriage--Birth Control
But the remedy is simple: give her full instruction in the use of contraceptive measures.
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?
The notoriously "unsafe" character of the contraceptive measures has only diminished this fear, not completely allayed it.The Nervous Housewife
- relating to or used for contraception; able or tending to prevent impregnation
- any device that prevents or tends to prevent conception
Word Origin and History for contraceptive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Capable of preventing conception.
- A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception.
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- A substance or device capable of preventing pregnancy.
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