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Meaning of ABORTIVE

Pronunciation:  u'bortiv

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

ABORTIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: stillborn, unfruitful, unsuccessful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*bor"tive\, a. [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See
    {Abort}, v.]
    1. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive
       child. [R.]
    2. Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive
       vellum. [Obs.]
    3. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual. [Obs.] ``Plunged in
       that abortive gulf.'' --Milton.
    4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying;
       fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt. ``An
       abortive enterprise.'' --Prescott.
    5. (Biol.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary;
       sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
    6. (Med.)
       (a) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. --Parr.
       (b) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid
  2. \A*bor"tive\, n.
    1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an
       abortion. [Obs.] --Shak.
    2. A fruitless effort or issue. [Obs.]
    3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing
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