Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In an abortive or untimely manner; prematurely; imperfectly; ineffectually; as an abortion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In an abortive or untimely manner; immaturely; fruitlessly.
- adv. in an unfruitful manner
- abortive + -ly (Wiktionary)
“Apparently on behest of Washington in July 2008 Zardari government abortively tried to put the powerful military-run spy agency, Inter Services”
“While we might take solace in our own anthropic prejudice, dismissing the nonsensical communiqués of such chatbots as nothing more than computerized gobbledygook, we might unwittingly miss a chance to study firsthand the babytalk of an embryonic sentience, struggling abortively to awaken from its own phylum of oblivion.”
“Recently signing to star in the abortively named Due Date alongside saving-grace Robert Downey Jr., Galifianakis is currently in talks for Funny Story from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.”
“As we talked — about September 11, the war in Iraq, her time in the Senate, and (briefly, abortively) her husband — she showed little trace of the coldness that has long been ascribed to her.”
“You mention in the piece that you spoke (“briefly, abortively”) about Bill.”
“I think you'll find that Eggy -- Mr. Edgworth -- was helping with inquiries, albeit abortively, all of Sunday and Sunday night.”
“It was a little trickier to find her most recent online purchases-Selena abortively tried Amazon. com and Reel. com before finding a CD store with an account set up in Gilly's name.”
“This possibility was later supported by observations with abortively transformed cells, which behave as transformed only for several generations after infection, but then return to normality (8).”
“It ended abortively, and permitted me to continue with perfect impunity to give in letters to the _Times_ evidence I was debarred from giving in”
“Thus abortively collapsed the last effort of Philip III.”
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