• WordNet 3.6
    • n abortion termination of pregnancy
    • n abortion failure of a plan
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abortion Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion .
    • Abortion (Biol) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.
    • Abortion something considered to be a repulsive or monstrous variant of a normal object; a monstrosity.
    • Abortion The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.
    • Abortion The immature product of an untimely birth; a fetus which has been delivered prematurely due to spontaneous or voluntary abortion, and is dead.
    • Abortion the removal of a fetus from the womb prior to normal delivery in a manner such as to cause the death of the fetus; also called voluntary abortion, or when performed by a physician, therapeutic abortion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abortion Miscarriage; the expulsion of the fetus before it is viable—that is, in women, before about the 28th week of gestation. Expulsion of the fetus occurring later than this, but before the normal time, is called (when not procured by art, as by a surgical operation) premature labor. A somewhat useless distinction has been sometimes drawn between abortion and miscarriage, by which the former is made to refer to the first four months of pregnancy and the latter to the following three months. Criminal abortion is premeditated or intentional abortion procured, at any period of pregnancy, by artificial means, and solely for the purpose of preventing the birth of a living child; feticide. At common law the criminality depended on the abortion being caused after quickening. Some modern statutes provide otherwise.
    • n abortion The product of untimely birth; hence, a misshapen being; a monster.
    • n abortion Any fruit or product that does not come to maturity; hence, frequently, in a figurative sense, anything which fails in its progress before it is matured or perfected, as a design or project.
    • n abortion In botany and zoology, the arrested development of an organ at a more or less early stage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Abortion premature delivery, or the procuring of such: anything that does not reach maturity: a mis-shapen being or monster
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  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.”
  • Mother Teresa
    “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”
  • Carol Evertt
    Carol Evertt
    “Abortion is a skillfully marketed product sold to women at a crisis time in their life. If the product is defective, she can't return it for a refund.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo.”
  • Julie Burchill
    “The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abortio, fr. aboriri,. See Abort
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aborīri, abortusab, from, away, orīri, to rise.


In literature:

That we hear no more of it is evidence enough that the attempt proved abortive.
"Christianity and Islam in Spain (756-1031)" by Charles Reginald Haines
Abortion, produced by a regular midwife, disposed of any subsequent offspring.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The smoke came up from the hatches in such dense volumes, that all attempts to go below to extinguish the fire were abortive.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
From the east another attempt was made to relieve Hore which proved equally abortive.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
There was no further plotting on any scale until the Haytian revolt, when Gabriel in Virginia made an abortive attempt.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
How may his mother's curse prove abortive?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Shafts sped by thee, O Partha, are becoming abortive.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
There had been abortive plots against Lord Minto's life, but it had been deemed politic to minimise their importance.
"India, Old and New" by Sir Valentine Chirol
Three weeks after the abortive attack of November 9, Joubert returned from his expedition to Estcourt.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Abortion from fear, xxxix.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
But the scheme proved abortive.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
Immediately he left for the West, and commenced an abortive effort to break up the Union.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
We had not a particle of salt; and the attempts we made to smoke or dry the venison proved abortive.
"Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific" by Gabriel Franchere
Aristotle and Plato, nay, Bacon, and perhaps Leibnitz, would have scouted it as a scientific abortion.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
Frequent cases of abortion are caused by an over-supply of green food.
"Cabbages and Cauliflowers: How to Grow Them" by James John Howard Gregory
Abortion may be procured by the introduction of instruments, by falls, violent exercise, blows on the abdomen, etc.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
One to two doses, however, are generally sufficient as the mare will either abort or the dangerous period will have passed.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Abortive organs, too, gain significance on the evolutionary hypothesis.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Abortive ovary in sterile flower.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
Taggi's distaste was too manifest; Shann had been lucky that the animal had made one abortive attack.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

We, the children of Astarte,
Dear abortions of the moon,
In a gay and silent party,
We are riding to you soon.
"The Three Witches" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
"Yea, 'tis as if some cunning necromancer
Had drawn a circle magically round me,
Till like the wretched victim of Kehama,
(Southey's abortion)
"My Umbrella" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Knowing neither abortions nor bitchery,
Truer than women,
They seed so effortlessly!
Tasting the winds, that are footless,
Waist-deep in history.
"Winter Trees" by Sylvia Plath
I've been dead for over a millennium,
Exposed, on this cliff, to wind and rain:
Not even a ghost has a thinner frame,
And no abortion is more misshapen. . .
"Words Of A Certain Dead Man" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
There, in the happy no-time of his sleeping,
Death took him by the heart. There heaved a quaking
Of the aborted life within him leaping,
Then chest and sleepy arms once more fell slack.
"Asleep" by Wilfred Owen
Spires of Grace Church,
For you the workers of the world
Travailed with the mountains…
Aborting their own dreams
Till the dream of you arose - Beautiful, swaddled in stone - Scorning their hands.
"Spires" by Lola Ridge

In news:

The difference between guns and abortion, politically speaking.
It was Saturday morning, and I had just finished reading the news about the Virginia Board of Health's surprising decision to exempt established abortion clinics from hospital building standards specified in a 2011 state law.
Dreiser could also draw on the emotional capital of his aborted affair with the young woman.
Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife's abortions, slept with patients, divorce transcript shows.
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry received communion from a Catholic priest Saturday, one day after a top Vatican cardinal said politicians who support abortion rights should be denied the Eucharist.
Randall Terry, the anti-abortion rights activist and Operation Rescue founder, believes it's time to "start drawing from our proud American tradition of burning people in effigy ".
Election day is coming, egregious mailers, and abortion in a House race: Oregon Politics Roundup.
Bryan Platt from Jackson County Right to Life talks about why he thinks the petition to have elective abortions not publicly funded put on the Oregon ballot failed.
Wake County Attorney Scott Warren says that if the county retains coverage of elective abortions in its health insurance program for employees, "I can't say, if we got sued, we'd win".
The Legislature has given final approval to a bill that denies medical malpractice coverage to doctors when performing " elective " abortions.
Wake County will no longer pay for elective abortions for employees, with leaders citing a 29-year-old state Supreme Court ruling which they say makes reimbursement for the practice illegal.
Health care reform compromises hinder women's access to elective abortions.
Usually when we talk about people choosing the sex of an unborn child, we talk about sex-selection abortions in China and India where parents prefer boys over girls.
Group helped force out anti-abortion Democratic incumbents.
Ryan grilled on abortion and ' forcible rape'.

In science:

This property is also referred to as “complete fairness” (along with many variants), which mainly deals with prematurely adversarial aborting.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
If h(ai ) has been previously defined, C aborts its run and outputs “fail”.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
We investigate the probability that C aborts at step F3.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
If these three conditions hold, C proceeds to the “repeat experiment” below, else it aborts.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
For example, the protocol responder may not be able to get deniability in a fair way, in case the malicious protocol initiator just aborts after receiving the second-round message; Also, both the three-round OAKE and (H)MQV suffer from the cutting-last-message attack , etc.
A New Family of Practical Non-Malleable Diffie-Hellman Protocols
If this condition does not hold for any q , then abort.
Free randomness can be amplified
We say that the protocol fails if the marginal distribution PXf Yf |Af Bf w on round f has IN (PXf Yf |Af Bf w ) > I ∗ N , for some positive real number I ∗ N , to be specified later, and it doesn’t abort.
Free randomness can be amplified
There are at least M /N neighbouring pairs (otherwise the protocol aborts).
Free randomness can be amplified
Thus, the protocol will almost never abort if correctly implemented with quantum states.
Free randomness can be amplified
In general, the development and execution of a set of roll-back activities to compensate the abortion of the process is required.
An Architectural Model for a Grid based Workflow Management Platform in Scientific Applications
When the execution duration has been exceeded the service should automatically abort the job, which has the same effect as when a manual “Abort” is requested.
IVOA Recommendation: Universal Worker Service Pattern Version 1.0
Together they check that the CHSH constraint is satisfied in all blocks preceding the i0 -th; if not they abort.
Certifiable Quantum Dice - Or, testable exponential randomness expansion
If a 6= b then reject and abort the protocol.
Certifiable Quantum Dice - Or, testable exponential randomness expansion
Clearly there is no point in algorithm A aborting J to start J ′ .
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
In the appendices we prove using techniques from that, if the protocol is not aborted, the final bit produced by the protocol is indistinguishable from an ideal random bit uncorrelated to the eavesdropper.
Full randomness from arbitrarily deterministic events