Definition of contraception in English:



  • [mass noun] The deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. The major forms of artificial contraception are barrier methods, of which the commonest is the condom or sheath; the contraceptive pill, which contains synthetic sex hormones which prevent ovulation in the female; intrauterine devices, such as the coil, which prevent the fertilized ovum from implanting in the uterus; and male or female sterilization.

    ‘one of the most important methods of contraception’
    ‘it had been her first time, they didn't use any contraception’
    • ‘Risk of pregnancy and views on contraception must therefore be explored.’
    • ‘I think it was a very worthy topic as the debate on male contraception opens up.’
    • ‘Other forms of contraception, including condoms for older pupils, have not been ruled out.’
    • ‘Might adolescents increase their sexual activity when they have access to contraception?’
    • ‘You need to use another method of contraception until you have had two semen tests that show that you have no sperm.’
    • ‘If this happens you will need to seek advice about emergency contraception.’
    • ‘She was in a relationship that had lasted five years and was using condoms for contraception.’
    • ‘There has been a concentrated effort in the UK to promote an awareness of contraception.’
    • ‘Methods of contraception are promoted specifically as a means to reduce the problem of abortion.’
    • ‘The only way to have safe sex is to use a reliable barrier method of contraception such as a condom.’
    • ‘If the pill is stopped advice must be given about alternative contraception.’
    • ‘It is important to consider plans for pregnancy when deciding on a method of contraception.’
    • ‘Only one woman reported using emergency contraception after a problem with the contraceptive pill.’
    • ‘Young people who use contraception are likely to use it more effectively if their parents are aware that they are using it.’
    • ‘You should also use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom until the problem has been identified.’
    • ‘Research in general practice usually finds that frequent use of emergency contraception is rare.’
    • ‘We were taught that each method of artificial contraception has its drawbacks.’
    • ‘The intervention did not change the pupils' sexual activity or use of emergency contraception.’
    • ‘I didn't have a clue about contraception and just believed I wouldn't get pregnant.’
    • ‘Both schools already have policies of advice, contraception and emergency contraception.’


Late 19th century: from contra- ‘against’ + a shortened form of conception.