What does abortion mean?

Definitions for abortion
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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.

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

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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. Planned Parenthood:

    Poll after poll shows that voters want champions for reproductive health including the right to access a safe and legal abortion in public office, politicians who want to take those rights away arent just pursuing bad policy, but a losing political strategy.

  3. Steve Vladeck:

    Judge Pitman seems to be going by the book here, the Court of Appeals already cut off Judge Pitman effort to hold a similar hearing in the challenge to SB8 brought by Texas abortion providers.

  4. Don Clemmer:

    In all the positions the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken around the issue of abortion, they have not called for punishment of women who've had abortions.

  5. Meagan Burrows:

    Arkansas pursued a clearly unconstitutional law that would disproportionately harm people of color, people who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes — all of whom already face significant barriers to accessing health care and higher risks of pregnancy-related death, the court's ruling today should serve as a stark reminder to anti-abortion politicians in Arkansas and other states that they can not strip people of their right to make the deeply personal decision about whether to have an abortion or continue a pregnancy. We'll continue to fight to make sure abortion stays legal in Arkansas and that the state's unconstitutional ban is struck down for good.

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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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