Definitions for abortiveəˈbɔr tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bor•tiveəˈbɔr tɪv(adj.)

  1. failing to succeed; unsuccessful; fruitless:

    an abortive rebellion.

  2. born prematurely.

  3. imperfectly developed; rudimentary.

  4. producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient.

    Category: Medicine

  5. acting to halt progress of a disease.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of abortive:

1300–50; < L abortīvus. See abort , -ive

a•bor′tive•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abortive, stillborn, unsuccessful(adj)

    failing to accomplish an intended result

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

Wiktionary

  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".

Webster Dictionary

  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


Translations for abortive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abortive(adjective)

unsuccessful

an abortive attempt to climb the mountain.

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