Migraine drugs fall into two categories: preventive and abortive.
He recalled previous failed Special Forces operations, including Desert One, the abortive hostage rescue attempt in Iran in 1980.
Ross later defined this as "the only new idea" that Arafat had presented at the abortive peace talks.
One time was an abortive interview about the U.S. wars in Indochina which ended with him stomping off.
abortive attempts at colonization had been made in the sixteenth century.
And yet it was ministered to, in a dull and abortive manner, by all who made this feint.
The number of divisions at the apex indicates the number of united petals, some of which, however, may be 565 abortive.
Thus the efforts of Malique proved as abortive as the ravings of his master.
Soon the leaders of the abortive procession spied him and entered into eager expostulation, but all to no purpose.
They are abortive births of an imperfect or vitiated instinct.
late 14c., "born prematurely or dead," from Latin abortivus "pertaining to miscarriage; causing abortion," from abort-, past participle stem of aboriri "disappear, miscarry," from ab- "amiss" (see ab-) + oriri "appear, be born, arise" (see orchestra); the compound word used in Latin for deaths, miscarriages, sunsets, etc. The Latin verb for "to produce an abortion" was abigo, literally "to drive away." Not originally used to imply forced or deliberate miscarriage; from 14c.-18c. stillborn children or domestic animals were said to be abortive. Also see abortion. Related: Abortiveness.
abortive a·bor·tive (ə-bôr'tĭv)
Not reaching completion, as of a disease subsiding before it has finished its course.
Partially or imperfectly developed; rudimentary.