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Definition of the adjective abortive

What does abortive mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. failing to accomplish an intended result

Alternative definition of the adjective abortive


  1. [rare] Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as an 'abortive' child.
  2. [obsolete] Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as an 'abortive' vellum.
  3. [obsolete] Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an 'abortive' attempt.
  5. [biology] Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an 'abortive' organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  6. [medicine] Causing abortion; as, 'abortive' medicines. - Parr
  7. [medicine] Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

Definition of the noun abortive

What does abortive mean as a name of something?


  1. [obsolete] That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
  2. [obsolete] A fruitless effort or issue.
  3. [obsolete] A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient - Dunglison

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Google previewElements of Botany; Or, an Introduction to the Sexual System of Linnæus. To which is Annexed an English Botanical Dictionary. Illustrated by Copper-plates (1802)

by Richard HALL (M.D.)

Flowers somewhat umbellate; central ones abortive. Seeds muricated. Eryngium. Flowers capitate. Receptacle chaffy. Heracleum. Flowers radiate; some abortive. Involucre deciduous. Seeds membranous. - Oenanthe. Flowers radiate; outer ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Abortive Plague Synonyms Mild course of plague; ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopaedia of Surgery (1895)

A Systematic Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Surgery by John Ashhurst

ABORTIVE TREATMENT or Gouoaancsx. The increasing evidence in favor of the view that the gonococcus is the chief cause of gonorrhoea would naturally lead one to anticipate much benefit from the employment of antiseptics both as ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microbiology (2009)

α α β σ Binding of RNA polymerase holoenzyme to the DNA template DNA DNA Abortive initiation Formation of first phosphodiester bonds Release of σ factor Promoter clearance R N A P J Farabaugh, University of Maryland Baltimore County, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1

Thou elnish mark'd abortive rooting hogge, Thou ...

Google previewThe new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and sciences (1807)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* ABORTIVE, n.f. That which is born before the dot time. Perhaps anciently any thing rrjnlarfv produced. No common wind, no customed event, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

Abortive Treatment Methods of aborting headaches in ...

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The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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