Noun Abortive Definition and Examples







Failing to produce the intended result.
  1. 'After an abortive attempt to get involved in a franchise selling teddy bears by mail order, she completed a Start Your Own Business course with Fas, borrowed the equivalent of €2,500 and started InterTeddy.'
  2. 'The only solace we find is that the result of the abortive poll was nullified.'
  3. 'Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the north of the island in the wake of an abortive coup attempt by Greek Cypriot nationalists, aimed at uniting the island with Greece.'
  4. 'The popular Aussie made some abortive attempts at comebacks, with dismal results, and then turned to fulltime television golf commentaries.'
  5. 'Last night's abortive attempts at a barbeque, despite lashings of the odd smelling spray, proved that the only way of avoiding midges is to stay indoors.'
  6. 'First came the abortive attempt in 1999 by the Bank of Scotland to take over the much larger NatWest, only to be gazumped by its local rival the Royal Bank of Scotland.'
  7. 'My wife and I made abortive attempts at ordinary conversation.'
  8. 'In the wake of that, at college in Bagdhad, he joined the Baath party and in 1956, as Britain withdrew from Suez, he took part in an abortive coup attempt.'
  9. 'After an abortive attempt to rejoin the fighting, he and Evelyn were reunited, got engaged and joined the Resistance, helping Canadian and American airmen shot down over Paris to arrange their escape routes.'
  10. 'After more abortive attempts, the Admiralty decided, in 1845, to send Sir John Franklin with two steamers, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, to resolve the problem.'
(of a virus infection) failing to produce symptoms.
  1. 'The deletion affected gene yajF with unknown function, but associated with genes involved in phage resistance through abortive infection.'
  2. 'abortive medusae'
  3. 'These scattered ascospores belong to asci that contain at least one viable ascospore while the others have undergone abortive development, most often because they contain aneuploid nuclei.'
  4. 'Jaw prehension is common in aquatic frogs, often in combination with abortive tongue protraction, but suction feeding is present only in pipids.'
Causing or resulting in abortion.
  1. 'The Reichstag, in its turn, passed a law that restricted the national distribution of abortive and contraceptive means and planned a new law regulating cinemas.'
((n.) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.|--|(n.) A fruitless effort or issue.|--|(n.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.|--|)

Middle English (as a noun denoting a stillborn child or animal): via Old French from Latin abortivus, from aboriri ‘miscarry’ (see abort).

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