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Definitions of: ABORTIVE

(n.) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
(n.) A fruitless effort or issue.
(n.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.
(v.) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
(v.) Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.
(v.) Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.
(v.) Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.
(v.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
(v.) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.
(v.) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.