Definition of contraceptive in English:



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

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


  • A device or drug serving to prevent pregnancy.

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