safer sex

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

safer + sex. This term first appeared in print in the 1970s.

Noun[edit]

safer sex (uncountable)

  1. Sexual activity that minimizes the risk of spreading sexually transmitted disease, especially by the use of condoms.

Usage notes[edit]

This term is similar to the term "safe sex," with "safer" substituted for "safe," in order to indicate that the activity of sexual intercourse cannot be 100 percent safe.

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