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  • n. The result or product of being abortive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being abortive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being, or of tending to become, abortive; a failure to reach perfection or maturity; want of success or accomplishment.


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abortive +‎ -ness


  • In view of this endemic sectarianism, added to the intrinsic abortiveness of

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • To dispatch that particular subject as much more briefly; and besides, I have been able to hit upon no other method, which promised to unfold the real conditions of family prayer, and show the reasons of utter failure and abortiveness in it so distinctly and impressively.

    Christian Nurture.

  • Charles VII., who was just arriving at the camp, seeing the abortiveness of the attempt, went back to Pont-de-l'Arehe.

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 3

  • Smitten with Rousseau's conception of the perfectness of the savage state, and the essential abortiveness of all civilization, Mr. Fuseli looks at all our little attempts at improvement, with a spirit that borders perhaps too much upon contempt and indifference.

    Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman


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