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Definition of "abortive" []

  • Failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless: an abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations. (adjective)
  • Biology Partially or imperfectly developed: an abortive organ. (adjective)
  • Causing or meant to cause abortion; abortifacient. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abortive" in a sentence
  • "The term abortive organ has been thus applied to above structure (as"
  • "There is another grand class of facts relating to what are called abortive organs."
  • "James, cut off in the prime of life, may almost be called the abortive"