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

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for family planning

family planning

noun
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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Cultural definitions for family planning

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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