AskDefine | Define abortive

Dictionary Definition

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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English

Etymology

Latin abortivus, from aboriri. See abort, (verb)

Adjective

  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.
    Quotations
    • Plunged in that abortive gulf. Milton
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
    Quotations
  5. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  6. Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. - Parr
  7. Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

Translations

Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
  • German: abgetriebenes
Made from the skin of a still-born animal
Rendering fruitless or ineffectual
  • German: erfolglos, wirkungslos
Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful
  • German: erfolglos
Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile
  • German: unvollkommen, rudimentär
Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines
  • German: abtreibend
Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
  • German: abbrechen

Derived terms

Noun

  1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii
  2. A fruitless effort or issue.
  3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient - Dunglison

Translations

That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion
  • German: Abort, Abtreibung, Interruptio
A fruitless effort
  • German: Erfolglosigkeit
A medicine
  • German: Abtreibungsmittel

Italian

Adjective

abortive
  1. Feminine plural form of abortivo

Extensive Definition

Abortive may refer to:
  • Abortion of pregnancy
  • Abortive infection, a viral infection that infects a cell without reproducing into more infectious viruses.

References

abortive in Russian: Абортивный

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