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Definition of Abortive


  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.
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
  5. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  6. Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.
  7. Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
  8. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
  9. A fruitless effort or issue.
  10. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.

Abortive Translations

abortive in Afrikaans is vrugteloos
abortive in Dutch is mislukt
abortive in Finnish is turha
abortive in French is vain
abortive in German is vorzeitig, unvollkommen
abortive in Italian is prematuro
abortive in Norwegian is mislykket
abortive in Spanish is antelacion, abortivo
abortive in Swedish is misslyckad