What does abortion mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abortionnoun

    termination of pregnancy

  2. miscarriage, abortionnoun

    failure of a plan


  1. Abortionnoun

    the removal of a fetus from the womb prior to normal delivery in a manner such as to cause the death of the fetus; also called voluntary abortion, or when performed by a physician, therapeutic abortion.

  2. Abortionnoun

    something considered to be a repulsive or monstrous variant of a normal object; a monstrosity.

  3. Abortionnoun

    The immature product of an untimely birth; a fetus which has been delivered prematurely due to spontaneous or voluntary abortion, and is dead.


  1. abortionnoun

    The cessation of pregnancy or fetal development:

  2. abortionnoun

    The immature product of an untimely birth.

  3. abortionnoun

    Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.

  4. abortionnoun

    Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which is interrupted in its progress before it is matured or perfect.

  5. abortionnoun

    The act of aborting a project, a mission, etc, before it is completed.

  6. abortionnoun

    Something ugly, an artistic atrocity;.

  7. abortionnoun

    A monstrosity; a misshapen person.

  8. Etymology: First attested in 1547, from abortio, from aborior. See abort for more.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abortionnoun

    Etymology: abortio, Lat.

    His wife miscarried; but as the abortion proved only a female fœtus, he comforted himself, that, had it arrived to perfection, it would not have answered his account. Scriblerus Club , Martinus Scriblerus.

    Behold my arm thus blasted, dry and wither’d,
    Shrunk like a foul abortion, and decay’d,
    Like some untimely product of the seasons,
    Robb’d of its properties of strength and office. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.


  1. abortion

    Abortion is a medical or surgical procedure that intentionally ends a pregnancy before the birth of a fetus. This procedure is often surrounded by ethical, moral, and legal debates due to differing views on the beginning of human life and a women's rights over her own body.

  2. abortion

    Abortion is a medical or surgical procedure that intentionally ends a pregnancy before the fetus can survive outside the womb. It involves removing the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. This procedure can be done for various reasons, including preserving the life or health of the mother, or if the fetus has a life-threatening medical condition or birth defect. It is a controversial issue with varying legal, moral, and ethical considerations across different cultures and societies. The procedure is performed by a licensed healthcare provider and is generally considered safe and effective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abortionnoun

    the act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage

  2. Abortionnoun

    the immature product of an untimely birth

  3. Abortionnoun

    arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed

  4. Abortionnoun

    any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion

  5. Etymology: [L. abortio, fr. aboriri. See Abort.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abortion' in Nouns Frequency: #2289

Anagrams for abortion »

  1. boration

  2. robotian

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abortion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abortion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of abortion in a Sentence

  1. Al Mohler:

    The Christian case again abortion is not based upon any single verse in the Bible, much less upon an alleged mistranslation of a verse.

  2. David Daleiden:

    Stem Express is trying to suppress a specific video recording of a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics that they work with and that could be prima facie evidence of born-alive infants.

  3. Kristyn Brandi:

    The more we give, the more side effects people will have. And that’s not the goal. We want to make sure people not only have an effective response to the medicine, we also want to make sure that people aren’t as uncomfortable as they could be, like I tell my patients, you do not need to suffer to have an abortion. That is not the purpose of this process.

  4. Josh Shapiro:

    I'm someone who wants to protect a woman's right to choose. He will ban abortion. I'm someone who wants to expand voting rights in Pennsylvania. He's looking to restrict them, we think it's important that the people of Pennsylvania... know that there's a clear contrast between he and I.

  5. Dawn Laguens:

    Anti-abortion extremists are willing to do anything to stop women from accessing the reproductive health care they are seeking, extremists have broken laws, harassed our doctors and patients, produced hack videos, and now are claiming to have committed a gross invasion of privacy -- one that, if true, could potentially put our staff members at risk.

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  • خسارة, خداج, إجهاض, إخفاقArabic
  • avortament, avortCatalan, Valencian
  • potrat, interrupceCzech
  • erthyluWelsh
  • Fehlgeburt, AbtreibungGerman
  • έκτρωση, εξάμβλωμα, αποβολή, έκτρωμαGreek
  • abortigo, abortadoEsperanto
  • engendro, aborto, aborto inducido, aborto involuntarioSpanish
  • افگانه, سقطPersian
  • raskaudenkeskeytys, surkastuminen, keskeyttäminen, abortti, tekele, keskenmeno, surkastuma, keskonen, keskeytysFinnish
  • avorton, interruption volontaire de grossesse, avortement, fausse couche, IVGFrench
  • casg leatrom, casg leatroScottish Gaelic
  • הפלה מלאכותית, הפלהHebrew
  • गर्भपातHindi
  • աբորտArmenian
  • abortusIndonesian
  • aborto, abortivoItalian
  • 中絶, 妊娠中絶, 堕胎, 失敗, 人工流産, 流産Japanese
  • 인공유산, 낙태, 유산Korean
  • abortasLithuanian
  • whakataheMāori
  • miskraam, misbaksel, zwangerschapsonderbreking, vruchtafdrijving, abortie, abortus, afdrijvingDutch
  • abortNorwegian
  • aborcja, poronieniePolish
  • aborto induzido, abortamento, abandono, aborto espontâneo, abortoPortuguese
  • abandon, embrion, germen, avortRomanian
  • або́рт, вы́кидышRussian
  • potratSlovak
  • abortSwedish
  • గర్భస్రావముTelugu
  • kürtajTurkish
  • sự phá thaiVietnamese

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