abortive


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a·bor·tive

 (ə-bôr′tĭv)
adj.
1. Failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless: an abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations.
2. Biology Partially or imperfectly developed: an abortive organ.
3. Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient.

a·bor′tive·ly adv.
a·bor′tive·ness n.

abortive

(əˈbɔːtɪv)
adj
1. failing to achieve a purpose; fruitless
2. (Biology) (of organisms) imperfectly developed; rudimentary
3. (Medicine) causing abortion; abortifacient

a•bor•tive

(əˈbɔr tɪv)

adj.
1. failing to succeed; unsuccessful; fruitless: an abortive rebellion.
2. born prematurely.
3. imperfectly developed; rudimentary.
4. producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient.
5. acting to halt progress of a disease.
[1300–50; < Latin abortīvus. See abort, -ive]
a•bor′tive•ly, adv.
a•bor′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.abortive - failing to accomplish an intended resultabortive - failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"
unfruitful - not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production

abortive

adjective failed, failing, useless, vain, unsuccessful, idle, ineffective, futile, fruitless, unproductive, ineffectual, miscarried, unavailing, bootless an abortive attempt to prevent him from taking office
Translations
فَاشِل
neúspěšnýnezdařený
fejlslagenforfejletmislykket
sikertelen
árangurslaus
abortivforgjeves
başarısızyarıda kalmış

abortive

[əˈbɔːtɪv] ADJ
1. (= failed) [attempt, plan] → fracasado, frustrado
2. (Med) [method, medicine] → abortivo

abortive

[əˈbɔːrtɪv] adj [coup] → manqué(e); [attempt, bid] → avorté(e); [raid, mission] → avorté(e); [talks] → qui ont échoué

abortive

adj
(= unsuccessful) attempt, plangescheitert, fehlgeschlagen; to be abortivescheitern, fehlschlagen
(Med) drugabortiv (form), → abtreibend

abortive

[əˈbɔːtɪv] adj (Med) → abortivo/a (fig) (plan) → fallito/a, mancato/a; (attempt) → vano/a, infruttuoso/a

abort

(əˈboːt) verb
1. to lose or bring about the loss of (an unborn child) from the womb.
2. (of a plan etc) to (cause to) come to nothing.
3. to stop or abandon (a space mission, eg the firing of a rocket) before it is completed.
aˈbortion (-ʃən) noun
aˈbortive (-tiv) adjective
unsuccessful. an abortive attempt to climb the mountain.
References in classic literature ?
He made a salutation, or, to speak nearer the truth, an ill-defined, abortive attempt at curtsy.
What he had told me, in his room, about his belief in its disseminating the statements pasted on it, which were nothing but old leaves of abortive Memorials, might have been a fancy with him sometimes; but not when he was out, looking up at the kite in the sky, and feeling it pull and tug at his hand.
These past, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf.
One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
The history of Germany is a history of wars between the emperor and the princes and states; of wars among the princes and states themselves; of the licentiousness of the strong, and the oppression of the weak; of foreign intrusions, and foreign intrigues; of requisitions of men and money disregarded, or partially complied with; of attempts to enforce them, altogether abortive, or attended with slaughter and desolation, involving the innocent with the guilty; of general inbecility, confusion, and misery.
Those who felt a sympathy for her on account of her good qualities, and others on account of her defects, now made fun of her abortive marriages.
If he were mad, it was the consequence, and not the cause, of an aimless and abortive life.
Mulcahy knew that the mutiny, for the present at least, was dead; knew, too, that a change had come over Dan's usually respectful attitude towards him, and Horse Egan's laughter and frequent allusions to abortive conspiracies emphasised all that the conspirator had guessed.
Ellis, in his 'Polynesian Researches', gives some interesting accounts of the abortive attempts made by the ''Tahiti Mission'' to establish a branch Mission upon certain islands of the group.
To make up for this abortive experiment, he proposed to take her portrait by a scientific process of his own invention.
I proceed, then, from the morning which followed our abortive chase of the convict and our other strange experiences upon the moor.
The man regarded his back for a moment, was struck with an idea, began an abortive gesture, sighed, gave it up, and went on also with a depressed countenance.