Meaning of ABORTIVE in English

ABORTIVE

I. əˈbȯr]d.iv, -ȯ(ə)], ]tiv, -ēv adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin abortivus, from abortus (past participle) + -ivus -ive

1. obsolete : prematurely born

2. : failing of purpose or effect : miscarrying, unsuccessful

an abortive enterprise

3. : imperfectly formed or developed : rudimentary

4.

a. : abortifacient

b. : cutting short

abortive treatment of pneumonia

c. : failing to develop completely or typically

an abortive case of poliomyelitis

• abort·ive·ly -ə̇vlē, -li adverb

• abortiveness -ivnə̇s, -ēv-\ noun

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin abortivus, adjective

: one that is abortive (as a bombing mission)

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