abortive definition

  • adjective:
    • failing woefully to accomplish an intended unbiased; fruitless: an abortive attempt to deduce the negotiations.
    • Biology Partially or imperfectly created: an abortive organ.
    • Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
    • Causing abortion; abortifacient
    • Cutting brief; acting to halt or slow the development (of a disease).
    • made by abortion; produced prematurely.
    • made of skin of a still-born animal.
    • making fruitless or ineffectual.
    • Coming to naught; failing in its result; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful.
    • Imperfectly formed or created; standard; sterile
    • Causing abortion.
    • Cutting brief.
    • failing continually to achieve an intended outcome
  • noun:
    • A medicine that is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
    • That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
    • A fruitless energy or concern.
    • A medicine that is attributed the house of causing abortion; -- also referred to as an abortifacient.
    • whatever is produced prematurely; an abortion; a monstrous beginning.
    • A drug causing abortion; an abortifacient.
  • others:
    • Brought forth in an imperfect condition; imperfectly created or inadequately developed, as an animal or vegetable manufacturing; rudimentary.
    • Suppressed; kept imperfect; remaining rudimentary, or perhaps not advancing perfectly in kind or function: a frequent use of the term in zo├Âlogy. Compare vestigial.
    • Hence Not delivered to conclusion or even an effective problem; a deep failing; miscarrying; arriving at nought: as, an abortive system.
    • In botany, flawed; barren. A. Gray.
    • creating absolutely nothing; chaotic; ineffectual.
    • In medicine, producing or designed to produce abortion; abortifacient: as, abortive medications.
    • Deformed; monstrous.
    • resulting in to fail or miscarry.
    • To fail; perish; visited nought.

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