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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.


1. biology imperfect development; rudimentary nature
2. formal failure to achieve a purpose; fruitlessness
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The reasoning for solitary clusters formation is due to complete inhibition and isolation of gene flow or either may be due to severe natural/human selection procedure of accessions for divergence abortiveness.
At the time she set out to write the book, Khan acknowledged the possible abortiveness of her literary endeavour.
There have been attempts, Hoelzel argues, to construe the fiasco of Faustian characters in literature as the abortiveness of man's struggle against divinity.