Noun Abortion Definition and Examples







The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks.
  1. count noun 'illegal abortions'
  2. 'Let us keep the backyard abortionist out and legalised abortion in as a human right.'
  3. 'She thought she might start volunteering at the clinic that performed her abortion in 2001.'
  4. 'He was also a staunch opponent of contraception, euthanasia and abortion.'
  5. 'In a number of African countries, local laws and values permit abortion if a pregnancy threatens a woman's health.'
  6. 'Some countries recognise abortion when pregnancy results from rape or incest, or when there is a high probability of foetal impairment.'
  7. 'This may have heightened its profile but it will take a lot longer to tell if it has any impact on rates of abortion and teenage pregnancy.'
  8. 'But it can help prevent that unwanted pregnancy, that abortion, or that misguided marriage which ends in divorce.'
  9. 'One out of four pregnancies and half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion.'
  10. 'Apart from pregnancies, levels of abortion have also been on the increase.'
  11. 'The motion asks that rates of teenage pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted infections are also revealed.'
  12. 'This may result in abortion, premature delivery or Congenital Rubella Syndrome.'
  13. 'Failure of endosperm development usually results in embryo abortion.'
  14. 'Many of these attempts resulted in animals with deformities, genetic problems or late abortions.'
  15. 'In 12 cases the pregnancies had already failed as a result of missed abortions or miscarriage and so would not have led to a live child.'
  16. 'They propose that high levels of homozygosity due to inbreeding may lead to high rates of seed abortion.'
  17. 'High temperature conditions commonly cause flower abscission and seed abortion because of pollination failure.'
An object or undertaking that is unpleasant or badly made or carried out.
  1. 'He didn't bring up one single argument in respect to the abortion of a budget that was tabled this year.'
((n.) The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.|--|(n.) The immature product of an untimely birth.|--|(n.) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.|--|(n.) Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion.|--|)


1. Also called voluntary abortion. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

2. any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months.

3. Also called spontaneous abortion. miscarriage (def 1).

4. an immature and nonviable fetus.

5. abortus (def 2).

6. any malformed or monstrous person, thing, etc.

7. Biology. the arrested development of an embryo or an organ at a more or less early stage.

8. the stopping of an illness, infection, etc., at a very early stage.

9. Informal. shambles; mess. anything that fails to develop, progress, or mature, as a design or project.


"There can be abortion clinics."
"There can be abortion rights."
"There can be abortion pills."
"There can be abortion procedures."
"There can be abortion issues."
"There can be abortion debates."
"There can be abortion services."
"There can be abortion rates."
"There can be abortion acts."
"There can be abortion opponents."
"There can be abortion bills."
"There can be abortion foes."
"There can be abortion providers."
"There can be abortion drugs."
"There can be abortion legislations."
"There can be abortion methods."
"There can be abortion counsellings."
"There can be abortion bans."
"There can be abortion cases."
"There can be abortion reforms."

Mid 16th century: from Latin abortio(n-), from aboriri ‘miscarry’ (see abort).

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