abort·​ed | \ ə-ˈbȯr-təd How to pronounce aborted (audio) \

Definition of aborted

1 : stopped before completion especially because of problems or danger an aborted rocket launch
2 : failing to achieve the desired result : ending without success : abortive He made several aborted attempts to escape.

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Operation Save America is known for its graphic public displays of aborted fetuses and its homophobic and Islamophobic ideals. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Controversial anti-abortion group coming to Milwaukee to 'storm the gates of hell'," 9 July 2019 In a normal Vegas summer, the aborted debut of Zion Williamson (he was shut down after one half with a bruised knee) for the Pelicans would’ve been the big news, along with the cazh cameos of new BFFs LeBron and AD. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "A Clippers Summer: How L.A.’s ‘Other’ Team Stole the NBA Offseason," 9 July 2019 Some ultraconservative Catholics, including Kunkel, are against certain vaccinations because their creation involves the use of fetal cells that were derived from aborted fetuses several decades ago. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vax teen that fought ban amid chickenpox outbreak loses in court—again," 1 July 2019 The aborted operation comes at a time of transition for the Pentagon. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, ""Cocked and loaded" to strike Iran, Trump says he called off operation when told 150 would likely die," 21 June 2019 After an aborted effort to revive ELO in 2001, Lynne swallowed his pride and returned to studio work. Nathan Powers, oregonlive.com, "ELO’s Jeff Lynne headed to Portland, playing his hits and feeling cool," 25 June 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday the Trump administration did not alert her to the planned -- and then aborted -- strike. CBS News, "Trump hosts congressional picnic amid backdrop of tensions with Iran," 21 June 2019 The vaccine was developed in the 1960s by using the cells of two aborted fetuses. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Louisville panelists take on heated national debate," 12 June 2019 There can be little doubt that once legal abortions become increasingly hard to procure, more and more babies who would have otherwise been aborted will be born and placed up for adoption. Dan Hart, National Review, "In a Post-Abortion America, the Pro-Life Movement Must Prepare to Change Attitudes toward Adoption," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of aborted

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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