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abortive

[uh-bawr-tiv]
adjective
1.
failing to succeed; unsuccessful: an abortive rebellion; an abortive scheme.
2.
born prematurely.
3.
imperfectly developed; rudimentary.
4.
Medicine/Medical.
a.
producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient.
b.
acting to halt progress of a disease.
5.
Pathology. (of the course of a disease) short and mild without the usual, pronounced clinical symptoms.
6.
Botany. (of seeds or pollen grains) imperfect; unable to germinate.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin abortīvus. See abort, -ive

abortively, adverb
abortiveness, noun
nonabortive, adjective
nonabortively, adverb
nonabortiveness, noun
unabortive, adjective
unabortively, adverb
unabortiveness, noun


1. fruitless, ineffectual, bootless, unavailing, vain.


1. successful.
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abortive (əˈbɔːtɪv)
 
adj
1.  failing to achieve a purpose; fruitless
2.  (of organisms) imperfectly developed; rudimentary
3.  causing abortion; abortifacient

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abortive
late 14c., from L. abortivus "causing abortion," from abortus, pp. of aboriri "disappear, miscarry," from ab- "amiss" + oriri "appear, be born, arise" (see orchestra); the compound word used in L. for deaths, miscarriages, sunsets, etc. The L. verb for "to produce an
abortion" was abigo, lit. "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.
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abortive a·bor·tive (ə-bôr'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Not reaching completion, as of a disease subsiding before it has finished its course.

  2. Partially or imperfectly developed; rudimentary.

  3. Abortifacient.


a·bor'tive·ly adv.
a·bor'tive·ness n.
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