Definitions for abortiveəˈbɔr tɪv

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  1. abortive, stillborn, unsuccessful(adj)

    failing to accomplish an intended result

    "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

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  1. Abortive(n.)

    (Med.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; -- also called an abortifacient. Dunglison.

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  1. abortive(Noun)

    That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

  2. abortive(Noun)

    A fruitless effort or issue.

  3. abortive(Noun)

    A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.

  4. abortive(Adjective)

    Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as an abortive child.

  5. abortive(Adjective)

    Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.

  6. abortive(Adjective)

    Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.

  7. abortive(Adjective)

    Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.

  8. abortive(Adjective)

    Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

  9. Origin: * First attested in 1382, with meaning "causing stillbirth or miscarriage".

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  1. Abortive

    produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child

  2. Abortive

    made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum

  3. Abortive

    rendering fruitless or ineffectual

  4. Abortive

    coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt

  5. Abortive

    imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc

  6. Abortive

    causing abortion; as, abortive medicines

  7. Abortive

    cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever

  8. Abortive(noun)

    that which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion

  9. Abortive(noun)

    a fruitless effort or issue

  10. Abortive(noun)

    a medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion

  11. Origin: [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See Abort, v.]


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