contraceptive
contraceptive contraceptive n. a substance or device used to prevent conception.

Syn: preventive, preventative, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, prophylactic. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • contraceptive — adj. capable of preventing conception or impregnation; as, contraceptive devices and medications. Syn: prophylactic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contraceptive — [kän΄trə sep′tiv] adj. of or used for contraception n. any contraceptive device or agent …   English World dictionary

  • contraceptive — 1891 (n.), 1918 (adj.), from stem of CONTRACEPTION (Cf. contraception) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contraceptive — [n] birth control method armor, barrier method, coil, condom, diaphragm, foam, hormone, intrauterine device, IUD, jelly, loop, pill, planned parenthood, preventative, preventive medicine, prophylactic, rhythm method, ring, rubber, safety, shield …   New thesaurus

  • contraceptive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) preventing conception. 2) relating to contraception. ► NOUN ▪ a device or drug used to prevent conception …   English terms dictionary

  • contraceptive — [[t]kɒ̱ntrəse̱ptɪv[/t]] contraceptives 1) ADJ: ADJ n A contraceptive method or device is a method or a device which a woman uses to prevent herself from becoming pregnant. ...a demand for a greater choice of effective contraceptive methods... It… …   English dictionary

  • contraceptive — ● contraceptif, contraceptive adjectif (anglais contraceptive) Qui assure la contraception, qui empêche la fécondation : Pilule contraceptive. Qui a trait à la contraception : Propagande contraceptive …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • contraceptive — I UK [ˌkɒntrəˈseptɪv] / US [ˌkɑntrəˈseptɪv] noun [countable] Word forms contraceptive : singular contraceptive plural contraceptives a drug, method, or object used for preventing a woman from becoming pregnant II UK [ˌkɒntrəˈseptɪv] / US… …   English dictionary

  • contraceptive — 1. adjective /ˈkɒn.trəˌsɛp.tɪv/ That acts to prevent conception as a result of sexual intercourse. She was careful to take her contraceptive pill at the same time every day. 2. noun /ˈkɒn.trəˌsɛp.tɪv/ A mechanism or means by which conception as a …   Wiktionary

  • contraceptive — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ effective ▪ oral ▪ emergency ▪ prescription (AmE) VERB + CONTRACEPTIVE ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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