(noun) Any act or device used to control or prevent conception.

Example: Using condoms during heterosexual vaginal intercourse.

Audio Pronunciation: (con·tra·cep·tion)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: contraceptions
  • Specific forms of contraception methods are called contraceptives (e.g. condoms or birth control pills).
  • Also called:
    • birth control
    • birth prevention
    • contraceptive method
    • family planning
    • fertility control
    • prophylactic

Related Quotations:

  • “These days, most of use take birth control for granted. But that’s only because feminists fought so hard for it since the beginning of the last century. Margaret Sanger, one of the pioneers of the birth control movement, was arrested for passing out a leaflet that told women how to limit—as if mere knowledge of birth control was a threat to the status quo, which perhaps it was!” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:18).

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Kaufman, Michael, and Michael S. Kimmel. 2011. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.


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How to Cite the Definition of Contraception

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “contraception.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 27, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

contraception. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “contraception.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 27, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“contraception.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 27 Jun. 2019. <>.