family planning

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  1. the concept or a program of limiting the size of families through the spacing or prevention of pregnancies, especially for economic reasons.
  2. (loosely) birth control.

Origin of family planning

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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family planning

  1. the control of the number of children in a family and of the intervals between them, esp by the use of contraceptivesSee also birth control
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family planning in Medicine

family planning

  1. A program to regulate the number and spacing of children in a family through the practice of contraception or other methods of birth control.
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family planning in Culture

family planning

The use of education and birth control to limit the number of offspring and the population of a country. (See population control and Margaret Sanger.)

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