abortive

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abortive \A*bor"tive\, adjective [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See {Abort}, v.]

1. Produced by abortion.as, an abortive child. [R.] [1913 Webster + AS]

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. AS

6. (Med.) (a) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. --Parr. AS (b) Cutting short the period of an illness; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever. [1913 Webster + AS]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abortive \A*bor"tive\, noun

1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. A fruitless effort or issue. [Obs.]

3. (Med.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; -- also called an {abortifacient}. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

abortive

adjective

1: failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President" [syn: {abortive}, {stillborn}, {unsuccessful}]


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