Meaning of ABORTIVE in English

ABORTIVE

adj.

Pronunciation: ə - ' bo ̇ r-tiv

Function: adjective

Date: 14th century

1 obsolete : prematurely born

2 : FRUITLESS , UNSUCCESSFUL

3 : imperfectly formed or developed

4 : tending to cut short

– abor · tive · ly adverb

– abor · tive · ness noun

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