abortive

  • 1 Abortive — A*bor tive, a. [L. abortivus, fr. aboriri. See {Abort}, v.] 1. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Made from the skin of a still born animal; as, abortive vellum. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 abortive — abortive, aborted The central meaning of abortive since the time of Shakespeare has been ‘coming to nought, fruitless, useless, unsuccessful’. It can be applied to attempts, efforts, missions, coups, and rebellions, negotations, proposals, etc.,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 Abortive — may refer to: Abortion of pregnancy Abortive infection, a viral infection that infects a cell without reproducing into more infectious viruses. Abortive flower, a flower with a stamen but no pistil. This disambiguation page lists articles… …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 abortive — (adj.) late 14c., born prematurely or dead, from L. abortivus pertaining to miscarriage; causing abortion, from abort , pp. stem of aboriri disappear, miscarry, from ab amiss (see AB (Cf. ab )) + oriri appear, be born, arise (see ORCHESTRA (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 Abortive — A*bor tive, n. 1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A fruitless effort or issue. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; also called… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 abortive — index futile, imperfect, ineffective, ineffectual, otiose, unavailing, unproductive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 abortive — fruitless, vain, *futile, bootless Analogous words: *immature, unmatured, unripe: unformed (see FORMLESS): ineffectual, *ineffective, inefficacious: unfortunate, unlucky (see affirmative adjectives at LUCKY) Antonyms: consummated Contrasted words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 abortive — [adj] failing to achieve a goal failed, failing, fruitless, futile, ineffective, ineffectual, miscarried, unavailing, unproductive, unsuccessful, useless, vain, worthless; concept 528 Ant. complete, consummated, effectual, efficient, fruitful,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 abortive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ failing to produce the intended result; unsuccessful. DERIVATIVES abortively adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 abortive — [ə bôrt′iv] adj. [ME abortif < L abortivus: see ABORT] 1. coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless 2. Biol. arrested in development; rudimentary 3. Med. a) causing abortion b) halting a disease process …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 Abortive — The word abortive has a number of meanings including prematurely born; fruitless or unsuccessful; imperfectly formed or developed; tending to cut short. In everyday language, the sense of abortive to mean prematurely born, as an abortive child,… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 abortive — adjective a) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as an abortive child. , Plunged in that abortive gulf. b) Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 abortive — a|bor|tive [əˈbo:tıv US əˈbo:r ] adj an abortive action is not successful ▪ an abortive military coup abortive attempt/effort ▪ an abortive attempt to reform local government …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 abortive — adjective an abortive action is not successful: an abortive military coup | abortive attempt/effort: an abortive attempt to reform local government …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 abortive — abortively, adv. abortiveness, n. /euh bawr tiv/, adj. 1. failing to succeed; unsuccessful: an abortive rebellion; an abortive scheme. 2. born prematurely. 3. imperfectly developed; rudimentary. 4. Med. a. producing or intended to produce… …

    Universalium

  • 16 abortive — ● abortif, abortive adjectif (latin abortivus, avorté) Se dit d un processus morbide qui ne va pas jusqu au terme de son évolution normale : Éruption abortive. Se dit d un organe animal ou végétal qui reste normalement inachevé et non fonctionnel …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 17 abortive — a|bor|tive [ ə bɔrtıv ] adjective not finished and therefore not successful: an abortive takeover bid by the larger company an abortive attempt to climb Mt. Everest …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 abortive — [[t]əbɔ͟ː(r)tɪv[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n An abortive attempt or action is unsuccessful. [FORMAL] ...an abortive attempt to prevent the current President from taking office. Syn: failed …

    English dictionary

  • 19 abortive — UK [əˈbɔː(r)tɪv] / US [əˈbɔrtɪv] adjective not finished and therefore not successful an abortive takeover bid by the larger company an abortive attempt to climb Mt Everest …

    English dictionary

  • 20 Abortive — Avortement Sexologie et sexualité Sexualité Sexualité humaine Amour Libido …

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