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noun 
  1. (Obsolete): That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii
  2. (Obsolete): A fruitless effort or issue.
  3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient - Dunglison
adjective 
  1. (Rare): Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an child.
  2. (Obsolete): Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, vellum.
  3. (Obsolete): Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
    Quotations
    • Plunged in that gulf. Milton
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an attempt.
    Quotations
  5. An enterprise. - Prescott
  6. (biology): Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  7. (medicine): Causing abortion; as, medicines. - Parr
  8. (medicine): Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
Etymology: Latin abortivus, from aboriri. See abort, (verb)


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