Meaning of ABORTIVE in English

ABORTIVE

transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈbȯr-tiv ]

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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