abortive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-bôr'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. failing to succeed; unsuccessful: an abortive rebellion; an abortive scheme.
  2. born prematurely.
  3. imperfectly developed; rudimentary.
    1. producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient.
    2. acting to halt progress of a disease.
  4. (of the course of a disease) short and mild without the usual, pronounced clinical symptoms.
  5. (of seeds or pollen grains) imperfect; unable to germinate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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