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Definition of abortive:

  1. A fruitless effort or issue.
  2. A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.
  3. Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.
  4. Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
  5. Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
  6. Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
  7. Made from the skin of a still- born animal; as, abortive vellum.
  8. Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
  9. Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
  10. That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

Synonyms:

idle, unsuccessful, baseless, delusive, worthless, trifling, unimportant, nugatory, unsubstantial, profitless, vapid, empty, trivial, inconstant, bootless, unprofitable, unavailing, unsatisfying, unserviceable, visionary, unreal, null, stillborn, deceitful, shadowy, unfruitful.

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