Meaning of ABORTIVE in English

ABORTIVE

adj. 1 fruitless, unsuccessful, unfinished. 2 resulting in abortion. 3 Biol. (of an organ etc.) rudimentary; arrested in development. abortively adv.

[ ME f. OF abortif -ive f. L abortivus (as ABORT) ]

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