Definition of Abortive

1. Adjective. Failing to accomplish an intended result. "A stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

Exact synonyms: Stillborn, Unsuccessful
Similar to: Unfruitful
Derivative terms: Abort

Definition of Abortive

1. a. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.

2. n. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

Definition of Abortive

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as an '''abortive''' child. ¹

2. Adjective. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an '''abortive''' attempt. ¹

3. Adjective. (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an '''abortive''' organ, stamen, ovule, etc. ¹

4. Adjective. (medicine) Causing abortion; as, '''abortive''' medicines. ¹

5. Adjective. (medicine) Cutting short; as, ''abortive'' treatment of typhoid fever. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. ¹

7. Noun. (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue. ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Abortive

1. failing to succeed [adj]

Medical Definition of Abortive

1. 1. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child. 2. Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum. 3. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual. "Plunged in that abortive gulf." 4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt. "An abortive enterprise." 5. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc. 6. Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever. Origin: L. Abortivus, fr. Aboriri. See Abort. 1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. 2. A fruitless effort or issue. 3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Abortive

abortigenic
abortin
aborting
abortins
abortion
abortion-inducing drug
abortion applicants
abortion pill
abortion pills
abortion rate
abortional
abortionism
abortionist
abortionists
abortions
abortive (current term)
abortive neurofibromatosis
abortive transduction
abortively
abortiveness
abortivenesses
abortives
abortment
abortments
abortogenic
abortogenics
abortorium
aborts
abortuaries
abortuary

Literary usage of Abortive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1862)
"Fortunately, they yielded to a free use of stimulants. 41. abortive Treatment of Gonorrhoea and its Consequences. By Dr. MAI- LEZ. ..."

2. The Pathology and Treatment of Venereal Diseases by Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1883)
"This is known as the " substitutive," or more commonly as the "abortive ... In employing the abortive treatment, there are several points which it is ..."

3. Ireland Under English Rule: Or, A Plea for the Plaintiff by Thomas Addis Emmet (1903)
"1846 Mr. Sharman Crawford, abortive. 1846 Lord Lincoln, Secretary of Ireland, ... 1847 Mr. Sharman Crawford, abortive, 1848 Sir W. Somerville, abortive. ..."

4. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1876)
"The abortive Treatment of Dysentery by Salts and Chloral. ... As an abortive of dysentery it is given in a dose large enough (thirty grains) to produce ..."

5. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1904)
"abortive Since the French Revolution of 1830, various changes Part I. being ... Those attempts have all proved abortive; and Switzerland still remains ..."

6. The Origin and Growth of the English Constitution: An Historical Treatise by Hannis Taylor (1898)
"abortive attempt made to codify the ecclesiastical laws; ancient canons not in conflict with the Reformation statutes continued in force; when a copy was ..."

7. The History of the Church of England in the Colonies and Foreign by James Stuart Murray Anderson (1845)
"... unsuccessful — Smith explores the adjoining country in 1614 — The country called New England — An abortive attempt of the Plymouth Company to colonize ..."

8. A History of England from the Conclusion of the Great War in 1815: New by Sir Spencer Walpole (1913)
"The abortive risings at Manchester, Huddersfield, and Derby, occurring at the very moment at which the secret committees were deliberating, strengthened the ..."

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