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- (obsolete) abortive from the first.
1639, Thomas Fuller, , page 272:
- Besides, most of these designes were abortive, or aborsive rather, like those untimely miscarriages not honoured with a soul or the shape and lineaments of an infant.
- Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd Edition, 1975, Vol. 1 p. 6