abortive

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adjective abor·tive \ə-ˈbȯr-tiv\

Definition of abortive

  1. 1 obsolete :  prematurely born

  2. 2 :  fruitless, unsuccessful

  3. 3 :  imperfectly formed or developed

  4. 4 :  tending to cut short

abortively

adverb

abortiveness

noun

Examples of abortive in a Sentence

  1. an abortive attempt to recover the sunken pirate ship

Origin and Etymology of abortive

Middle English abortyffe, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French abbortif, borrowed from Latin abortīvus, from abortus, past participle of aborīrī “to miscarry, 1abort” + -īvus -ive


First Known Use: 15th century


ABORTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

abortive

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adjective abor·tive \ə-ˈbȯr-tiv\

Definition of abortive for English Language Learners

  • : failing to achieve the desired result : not successful


Medical Dictionary

abortive

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adjective abor·tive \ə-ˈbȯrt-iv\

Medical Definition of abortive

  1. 1:  imperfectly formed or developed :  rudimentary

  2. 2a:  abortifacientb:  cutting short abortive treatment of pneumoniac:  failing to develop completely or typically an abortive case of poliomyelitis



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