from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless: an abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations.
- adj. Biology Partially or imperfectly developed: an abortive organ.
- adj. Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Causing abortion; abortifacient
- adj. Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).
- n. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Produced by abortion; born prematurely.
- adj. Made from the skin of a still-born animal.
- adj. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
- adj. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful.
- adj. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile
- adj. Causing abortion.
- adj. Cutting short.
- n. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
- n. A fruitless effort or issue.
- n. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; -- also called an abortifacient.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Brought forth in an imperfect condition; imperfectly formed or inadequately developed, as an animal or vegetable production; rudimentary.
- Suppressed; kept imperfect; remaining rudimentary, or not advancing to perfection in form or function: a frequent use of the term in zoölogy. Compare vestigial.
- Hence Not brought to completion or to a successful issue; failing; miscarrying; coming to nought: as, an abortive scheme.
- In botany, defective; barren. A. Gray.
- Producing nothing; chaotic; ineffectual.
- In medicine, producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient: as, abortive drugs.
- Deformed; monstrous.
- n. That which is produced prematurely; an abortion; a monstrous birth.
- n. A drug causing abortion; an abortifacient.
- To cause to fail or miscarry.
- To fail; perish; come to nought.
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- adj. failing to accomplish an intended result
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