from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of preventing conception.
  • n. A device, drug, or chemical agent that prevents conception.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That acts to prevent conception as a result of sexual intercourse.
  • n. A mechanism or means by which conception as a result of sexual intercourse can be prevented or made less likely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of preventing conception or impregnation.
  • n. a substance or device used to prevent conception.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an agent or device intended to prevent conception
  • adj. capable of preventing conception or impregnation


Coined in the twentieth century from contra- +‎ conceptive; compare the related contraception. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Contraceptive myths have been around for thousands of years. Ancient methods have varied from crocodile dung and honey before sex, to sea sponges and beeswax after. Perhaps the most intoxicating was alcohol made from stewed beaver's testicles."
    - Sudeep Chand, Contraception myths 'widespread',, 5 Sep 2009.

    September 5, 2009