a|bor´tive|ness

a|bor´tive|ness
a|bor|tive «uh BR tihv», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless: »

Early attempts to make airplanes fly proved abortive. The League of Nations was part of an abortive effort to secure world peace.

SYNONYM(S): ineffective, futile.
2. Biology. imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary.
3. born or happening before the right time; premature.
4. causing abortion; abortifacient.
5. ending or shortening the course of a disease.
–n.
1. a drug causing abortion; abortifacient.
2. an abortive birth.
a|bor´tive|ly, adverb.
a|bor´tive|ness, noun.

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  • a|bor´tive|ly — a|bor|tive «uh BR tihv», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless: »Early attempts to make airplanes fly proved abortive. The League of Nations was part of an abortive effort to secure world peace. SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • a|bor|tive — «uh BR tihv», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless: »Early attempts to make airplanes fly proved abortive. The League of Nations was part of an abortive effort to secure world peace. SYNONYM(S): ineffective, futile …   Useful english dictionary

  • abortive — a•bor•tive [[t]əˈbɔr tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) failing to succeed; unsuccessful; fruitless: an abortive rebellion[/ex] 2) born prematurely 3) imperfectly developed; rudimentary 4) med producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient 5) med acting… …   From formal English to slang

  • Abortiveness — A*bor tive*ness, n. The quality of being abortive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • la — ab·cha·la·zal; ab·la·tion; ab·la·ti·val; ac·an·thel·la; acan·tho·ceph·a·la; ac·cep·ti·la·tion; ac·cu·mu·la·ble; ac·cu·mu·la·tion; ac·cu·mu·la·tive; ac·cu·mu·la·tor; aceph·a·la; ac·er·o·la; acet·y·la·tion; acet·y·la·tor; ach·a·la·sia;… …   English syllables

  • ta — ab·lac·ta·tion; ab·sen·ta·tion; abu·ta; ac·cep·ta·tion; ac·cli·ma·ta·tion; ac·cred·i·ta·tion; ac·er·a·ta; ac·e·ta·tion; ac·e·ta·to ; ach·e·ta; achor·da·ta; acoe·lo·ma·ta; acra·ni·a·ta; ac·ro·tre·ta; ac·ta; ac·ti·no·my·ce·ta·ce·ae;… …   English syllables

  • -dac·ty·lous; — ab·i·e·tate; ab·i·e·tene; abio·gen·e·sis; abi·og·e·nist; abra·si·om·e·ter; ab·sorp·ti·om·e·ter; aca·cat·e·chin; ac·ac·e·tin; acad·e·mist; acad·e·my; ac·cel·er·om·e·ter; ac·e·tab·u·lar; ac·e·tab·u·lar·ia; ac·e·tab·u·late; ac·e·tab·u·lif·era;… …   English syllables

  • -dac·ty·ly; — ab·i·e·tate; ab·i·e·tene; abio·gen·e·sis; abi·og·e·nist; abra·si·om·e·ter; ab·sorp·ti·om·e·ter; aca·cat·e·chin; ac·ac·e·tin; acad·e·mist; acad·e·my; ac·cel·er·om·e·ter; ac·e·tab·u·lar; ac·e·tab·u·lar·ia; ac·e·tab·u·late; ac·e·tab·u·lif·era;… …   English syllables

  • -dac·tyl·ism; — ab·i·e·tate; ab·i·e·tene; abio·gen·e·sis; abi·og·e·nist; abra·si·om·e·ter; ab·sorp·ti·om·e·ter; aca·cat·e·chin; ac·ac·e·tin; acad·e·mist; acad·e·my; ac·cel·er·om·e·ter; ac·e·tab·u·lar; ac·e·tab·u·lar·ia; ac·e·tab·u·late; ac·e·tab·u·lif·era;… …   English syllables

  • e — ab·i·e·tate; ab·i·e·tene; abio·gen·e·sis; abi·og·e·nist; abra·si·om·e·ter; ab·sorp·ti·om·e·ter; aca·cat·e·chin; ac·ac·e·tin; acad·e·mist; acad·e·my; ac·cel·er·om·e·ter; ac·e·tab·u·lar; ac·e·tab·u·lar·ia; ac·e·tab·u·late; ac·e·tab·u·lif·era;… …   English syllables

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