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Definition of the adjective abortive

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  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 previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc (1816)

Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference

*ABORTIVE. n.s. That which is born before the due time. Perhaps anciently any thing intgularly produced.— No common wind, no customed event, But they will pluck away its nat'ral causes, And call them meteors, prodigies, and figns, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

Abortive Treatment Methods of aborting headaches in ...

Google previewThe farmer's encyclopædia, and dictionary of rural affairs (1842)

by Cuthbert William Johnson

ABORTIVE CORN ABSCESS. becomes abortive, in consequence of cold winds or frosts in spring checking the flow of the nutritive juices ; and after losing its healthy colour it shrivels, and falls. The same effects arise when the leaves of fruit - ...

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 previewDesk Encyclopedia of General Virology (2010)

by Marc H.V. van Regenmortel, Brian W.J. Mahy

Finally, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish abortive infection from latent infection. Abortive infection leaves either the complete viral genome or genome fragments deposited in host cells but these do not constitute a biological reservoir for ...

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Scrabble value of A1B3O1R1T1I1V4E1

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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