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- First attested in 1382, with the meaning "causing stillbirth or miscarriage".
- From Middle English, from Old French abortif, from Latin abortīvus (“causing abortion”), from aborior (“miscarry, disappear”), from ab (“amiss”) + orīor (“appear, be born, arise”).
- (obsolete) Produced by abortion; born prematurely. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
- an abortive child
- Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- an abortive attempt
- (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- (medicine, rare, attributive) Causing abortion; abortifacient
- abortive medicines
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- (medicine) Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).
- abortive treatment of typhoid fever
- Made from the skin of a still-born animal.
- abortive vellum
produced by abortion; born prematurely
coming to naught; fruitless
imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile
abortive (plural abortives)
- (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the mid 18th century.]
- "Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive, rooting hog!" - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii
- (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue. [Attested from the early 17th century until the early 18th century.]
- (obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
that which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion
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- (transitive, obsolete) To cause an abortion; to render without fruit. [Attested only in the 17th century.]
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 7:
- ^ 2004 , Elliott K. Dobbie; Dunmore, C. William, et al., Barnhart, Robert K. editor, Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Edinburgh, Scotland: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, ISBN 0550142304, page 4:
- feminine form of abortif
abortive f pl
- feminine plural of abortivo
- vocative masculine singular of abortīvus