abortive


abor·tive

adjective \ə-ˈbr-tiv\

: failing to achieve the desired result : not successful

Full Definition of ABORTIVE

1
obsolete :  prematurely born
3
:  imperfectly formed or developed
4
:  tending to cut short
abor·tive·ly adverb
abor·tive·ness noun

Examples of ABORTIVE

  1. <an abortive attempt to recover the sunken pirate ship>

First Known Use of ABORTIVE

14th century

Rhymes with ABORTIVE

abor·tive

adjective \ə-ˈbrt-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ABORTIVE

1
: imperfectly formed or developed : rudimentary
2
a : abortifacient b : cutting short <abortive treatment of pneumonia> c : failing to develop completely or typically <an abortive case of poliomyelitis>

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