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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an abortive or untimely manner; immaturely; fruitlessly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an abortive or untimely manner; prematurely; imperfectly; ineffectually; as an abortion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an unfruitful manner

Etymologies

abortive +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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