Abortive meaning

ə-bôrtĭv
Abortive is defined as something that did not develop properly.

An example of abortive is the rudimentary wings on birds that cannot fly.

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The definition of abortive is something that was unsuccessful.

An example of abortive would be a political campaign that was stopped before the election.

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Failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless.

An abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations.

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Partially or imperfectly developed.

An abortive organ.

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Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
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Coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless.
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Arrested in development; rudimentary.
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Partially or imperfectly developed.

An abortive organ.

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Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
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Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

An abortive attempt.

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(biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]

An abortive organ.

An abortive stamen.

An abortive ovule.

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(medicine, rare) Causing abortion; abortifacient.

Abortive medicines.

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(medicine) Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).

Abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

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Born prematurely.
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Made from the skin of a still-born animal.

Abortive vellum.

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(obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the mid 18th century.]
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(obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue. [Attested from the early 17th century until the early 18th century.]
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(obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
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(obsolete) To cause an abortion; to render without fruit. [Attested only in the 17th century.]
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Origin of abortive

  • First attested in 1382, with the meaning "causing stillbirth or miscarriage". From Middle English, from Old French abortif, from Latin abortīvus (“causing abortion”), from aborior (“miscarry, disappear”), from ab (“amiss”) + orīor (“appear, be born, arise”).

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