Definition of contraceptive in English:



  • 1(of a method or device) serving to prevent pregnancy.

    ‘the contraceptive pill’
    • ‘Lactating women are good candidates for this contraceptive method.’
    • ‘Oral contraceptive pills, male condoms, and female sterilization are the contraceptive methods most commonly used in the United States.’
    • ‘Liz was very interested in family planning, and wanted to raise awareness of contraceptive methods available.’
    • ‘In the club, teenagers will receive medical guidance about various contraceptive methods with their privacy well protected.’
    • ‘She believes that the contraceptive pill, like pregnancy, will eventually be shown to protect against breast cancer.’
    • ‘Most women who discontinue hormonal contraception do not use another contraceptive method and are therefore at high risk for unintended pregnancy.’
    • ‘Viewing episodes of television shows which discuss facts about specific contraceptive methods is associated, though weakly, with more accurate knowledge about those methods.’
    • ‘In all cases contraceptive methods are more reliable if used properly.’
    • ‘Sometimes their sexual experimentation extends to petting or coitus, but the risk of getting pregnant is very high due to lack of using any contraceptive methods.’
    • ‘It sometimes results from using contraceptive devices that do not fit.’
    • ‘Lastly, we collected demographic information as well as relationship details, such as duration of relationship and contraceptive method used.’
    • ‘The possibility of a male pill will add to the variety of contraceptive methods already available around the world.’
    • ‘The combined goals of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy should be considerations when choosing a contraceptive method.’
    • ‘Many effective contraceptive methods are available.’
    • ‘All contraceptive devices are suitable for patients with the exception of intrauterine devices, owing to the risk of infection.’
    • ‘Access to effective and safe contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted disease protection is a primary medical concern for all sexually active women.’
    • ‘Women who are ambivalent about the permanence of the procedure should be counseled to strongly consider another contraceptive method.’
    • ‘One important issue for patients following emergency contraception therapy is starting a routine contraceptive method.’
    • ‘No contraceptive method is perfect, even when you use it the right way.’
    • ‘More than one third of participants discontinued their selected contraceptive method during the year, and an additional 31 women did not obtain scans.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to contraception.
      ‘a book popularizing contraceptive knowledge’
      • ‘Evidence for the commission in 1903-04 indicates that there was indeed an increase in contraceptive knowledge and use in the nineteenth century.’
      • ‘Expanding such knowledge and extending contraceptive access rightly became a focus of working women's organizations in the twenties and thirties.’
      • ‘Our results show that most teenagers who become pregnant do access general practice for both general medical services and contraceptive advice before their pregnancy.’
      • ‘They should also be able to easily receive contraceptive counseling and contraceptives.’
      • ‘Second, it hindered the development of a cadre of doctors and nurses with the knowledge and skills to provide contraceptive services.’
      • ‘There is a similar knowledge gap about how physicians can optimize contraceptive counseling.’
      • ‘In societies where contraceptive knowledge is poor, abortion is the only means available to women to control their reproduction.’
      • ‘There is, however, little knowledge of the sexual and contraceptive behaviour of seasonal workers from which public policy can be developed.’


  • A device or drug serving to prevent pregnancy.

    ‘we'd been making love without contraceptives for months’
    • ‘I thought it important to point out that injectable contraceptives are available here.’
    • ‘We know of at least four pregnancies caused by rape, and two where contraceptives were forced on the victim to prevent pregnancy.’
    • ‘Unlike human oral contraceptives, the drug used to stop the elephants from reproducing does not rely on sex hormones.’
    • ‘At least if we can educate them about contraceptives and protection the teenage pregnancy rate will fall.’
    • ‘And when they do have sex for the first time, they are more likely to use contraceptives.’
    • ‘The Family Planning Association is encouraging those who do not want to get pregnant to use contraceptives.’
    • ‘In women, oral contraceptives and hormonal drugs will affect the voice.’
    • ‘Hormonal contraceptives have changed many women's relationship to pregnancy by putting the choice in their own hands.’
    • ‘In both cases, the depression responded to treatment with oral contraceptives.’
    • ‘Should health insurance companies cover the cost of female contraceptives?’
    • ‘These contraceptives may be a valuable adjunct in the treatment of acne in female patients.’
    • ‘Injectable contraceptives, once they are injected, can not be reversed until they wear off.’
    • ‘He referred frequently to the use of contraceptives to counter this as well as pregnancy.’
    • ‘The most appropriate contraceptives for most young people are likely to be condoms and the contraceptive pill.’
    • ‘The goal is quite explicitly to discourage adolescents from using condoms or other contraceptives.’
    • ‘It's biology, not heritage, that limits the variety of contraceptives we have to use.’
    • ‘Teenagers do not have to feel guilty or ashamed of using contraceptives.’
    • ‘Before oral contraceptives, condoms were the most common method of reversible birth control.’
    • ‘Why do some girls chose to use contraceptives and some don't?’
    • ‘More than half of the young women use unreliable contraceptives or none at all.’