Meaning of ABORTIVE in English

ABORTIVE

/ 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

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WORD ORIGIN

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.

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