- The definition of abortive is something that was unsuccessful.
An example of abortive would be a political campaign that was stopped before the election.
- Abortive is defined as something that did not develop properly.
An example of abortive is the rudimentary wings on birds that cannot fly.
- coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless
- Biol. arrested in development; rudimentary
- causing abortion
- halting a disease process
- Obs. born prematurely
Origin of abortiveMiddle English abortif from Classical Latin abortivus: see abort
- Failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless: an abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations.
- Biology Partially or imperfectly developed: an abortive organ.
- Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
(comparative more abortive, superlative most abortive)
- Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- an abortive attempt
- (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (medicine, rare) Causing abortion; abortifacient
- abortive medicines
- (medicine) Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).
- abortive treatment of typhoid fever
- Made from the skin of a still-born animal.
- abortive vellum
- (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the mid 18th century.]
- (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue. [Attested from the early 17th century until the early 18th century.]
- (obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
(third-person singular simple present abortives, present participle abortiving, simple past and past participle abortived)
- (obsolete) To cause an abortion; to render without fruit. [Attested only in the 17th century.]