abortively


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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.

abortively

(əˈbɔːtɪvlɪ)
adv
unsuccessfully
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Adv.1.abortively - in an unfruitful mannerabortively - in an unfruitful manner    
Translations

abortively

[əˈbɔːtɪvlɪ] ADV [try, attempt] → en vano
the negotiations ended abortivelylas negociaciones fracasaron

abortively

adv endergebnislos
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Under the instructions of the chief of the Defence Force, Basson weaponised thousands of 120 mm mortars with teargas for use by Jonas Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) forces that South Africa abortively backed in the 1980s, committing troops and heavy weaponry to fight the Cuban-backed MPLA in Angola.
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To be "constant" to anything--a lover, a moral or intellectual ideal, a sense of self--is simply to be abortively inconstant to it.