how to pronounce abortive

əbɔːɹtɪv

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meanings of abortive

adjective:

  1. Causing abortion; abortifacient.
  2. Produced by abortion; born prematurely and therefore unnatural.
  3. Made from the skin of a still-born animal.
  4. Coming to nothing; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful.
  5. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile.
  6. Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).

noun:

  1. A fruitless effort or issue.
  2. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
  3. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.

verb:

  1. To cause an abortion; to render without fruit.

words that rhyme with abortive

supportive