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abortive

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It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Thomas γ Kempis
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Etymology

Latin abortivus, from aboriri. See abort, (verb)

Adjective

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Positive
abortive

Comparative
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  1. (rare) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
  2. (obsolete) Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.
  3. (obsolete) Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
    Quotations
    • Plunged in that abortive gulf. Milton
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
    Quotations
  5. (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  6. (medicine) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. - Parr
  7. (medicine) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

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Noun

Singular
abortive

Plural
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abortive ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii
  2. (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue.
  3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient - Dunglison

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References

Webster 1913


Italian

Adjective

abortive f.

  1. Feminine plural form of abortivo

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