Meaning of abortive
Pronunciation: (u-bôr'tiv), [key]
- failing to succeed; unsuccessful: an abortive rebellion; an abortive scheme.
- born prematurely.
- imperfectly developed; rudimentary.
- producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient.
- acting to halt progress of a disease.
- (of the course of a disease) short and mild without the usual, pronounced clinical symptoms.
- (of seeds or pollen grains) imperfect; unable to germinate.
- abortive (Thesaurus)