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ABORTIVE

1. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child. 2. Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum. 3. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual. "Plunged in that abortive gulf." 4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt. "An abortive enterprise." 5. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc. 6. Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines. Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever. Origin: L. Abortivus, fr. Aboriri. See Abort. 1. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. 2. A fruitless effort or issue. 3. A medication to which is attributed the property of causing abortion. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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