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[adj] failing to accomplish an intended result; "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"


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\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.
\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.

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