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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abortive  \A*bor"tive\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  is  born  or  brought  forth  prematurely;  an 
  abortion.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  fruitless  effort  or  issue.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  A  medicine  to  which  is  attributed  the  property  of  causing 
  abortion. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abortive  \A*bor"tive\,  a.  [L.  abortivus  fr  aboriri  See 
  {Abort},  v.] 
  1.  Produced  by  abortion;  born  prematurely;  as  an  abortive 
  child.  [R.] 
 
  2.  Made  from  the  skin  of  a  still-born  animal;  as  abortive 
  vellum.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  Rendering  fruitless  or  ineffectual.  [Obs.]  ``Plunged  in 
  that  abortive  gulf.''  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Coming  to  naught;  failing  in  its  effect;  miscarrying; 
  fruitless;  unsuccessful;  as  an  abortive  attempt.  ``An 
  abortive  enterprise.''  --Prescott. 
 
  5.  (Biol.)  Imperfectly  formed  or  developed;  rudimentary; 
  sterile;  as  an  abortive  organ,  stamen,  ovule,  etc 
 
  6.  (Med.) 
  a  Causing  abortion;  as  abortive  medicines.  --Parr. 
  b  Cutting  short;  as  abortive  treatment  of  typhoid 
  fever. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abortive 
  adj  :  failing  to  accomplish  an  intended  result;  "an  abortive 
  revolt";  "a  stillborn  plot  to  assassinate  the 
  President"  [syn:  {stillborn},  {unsuccessful}] 




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