Meaning of ABORTIVE in English


/ əˈbɔːtɪv; NAmE əˈbɔːrtɪv/ adjective

( formal ) ( of an action ) not successful; failed

SYN unsuccessful :

an abortive military coup

abortive attempts to divert the course of the river



Middle English (as a noun denoting a stillborn child or animal): via Old French from Latin abortivus , from aboriri miscarry, from ab- away, from + oriri be born.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.