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Abortive

Abortive Meaning & Definition
Abortive Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Abortive?

[adj] failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Abortive: stillborn | unfruitful | unsuccessful

Related Terms | Find terms related to Abortive: barren | bootless | failed | failing | fruitless | futile | gainless | immature | ineffective | ineffectual | inefficacious | lame | manque | miscarried | miscarrying | nonremunerative | of no effect | otiose | profitless | rewardless | sterile | stickit | stillborn | successless | unavailable | unavailing | unformed | unfortunate | unmatured | unproductive | unprofitable | unremunerative | unrewarding | unripe | unsuccessful | useless | vain

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Abortive In Webster's Dictionary

\A*bor"tive\, a. [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See {Abort}, v.] 1. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child. [R.] 2. Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum. [Obs.] 3. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual. [Obs.] ``Plunged in that abortive gulf.'' --Milton. 4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt. ``An abortive enterprise.'' --Prescott. 5. (Biol.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc. 6. (Med.) (a) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. --Parr. (b) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
\A*bor"tive\, n. 1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Obs.] --Shak. 2. A fruitless effort or issue. [Obs.] 3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.

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