• WordNet 3.6
    • adj abortive failing to accomplish an intended result "an abortive revolt","a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abortive A fruitless effort or issue.
    • Abortive A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion; -- also called an abortifacient.
    • Abortive (Med) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.
    • Abortive Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt. "An abortive enterprise."
    • Abortive (Med) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.
    • Abortive (Biol) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.
    • Abortive Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.
    • Abortive Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.
    • Abortive Rendering fruitless or ineffectual. "Plunged in that abortive gulf."
    • Abortive That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abortive Brought forth in an imperfect condition; imperfectly formed or inadequately developed, as an animal or vegetable production; rudimentary.
    • abortive Suppressed; kept imperfect; remaining rudimentary, or not advancing to perfection in form or function: a frequent use of the term in zoölogy. Compare vestigial.
    • abortive Hence Not brought to completion or to a successful issue; failing; miscarrying; coming to nought: as, an abortive scheme.
    • abortive In botany, defective; barren. A. Gray.
    • abortive Producing nothing; chaotic; ineffectual.
    • abortive In medicine, producing or intended to produce abortion; abortifacient: as, abortive drugs.
    • abortive Deformed; monstrous.
    • n abortive That which is produced prematurely; an abortion; a monstrous birth.
    • n abortive A drug causing abortion; an abortifacient.
    • abortive To cause to fail or miscarry.
    • abortive To fail; perish; come to nought.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abortive born untimely: unsuccessful: producing nothing: brought forth in an imperfect condition: rudimentary
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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. abortivus, fr. aboriri,. See Abort (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aborīri, abortusab, from, away, orīri, to rise.


In literature:

Even the prisoners laughed sorrowfully as each abortive boom rang out.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
Of the modern bell-tower it can only be said that it is a pity necessity seemed to compel the erection of such an abortion.
"The Old Franciscan Missions Of California" by George Wharton James
The rock on which so many abortive attempts are wrecked in the effort to achieve poise is a type of sentimentality peculiar to certain natures.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
This may be one Reason we have so many things appear Abortive.
"A Letter to A.H. Esq.; Concerning the Stage (1698) and The Occasional Paper No. IX (1698)" by Anonymous
At times she thought of abortion, but only in a desperate way.
"The Nervous Housewife" by Abraham Myerson
And self-conscious seeking after peculiarity only stops the natural evolution and produces abortions.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
He did not try to solve it, but decided to leave everything to chance, since the best planned strategy was almost always abortive.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
But the blind veneration of the clergy and people rendered this attempt abortive.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, April 1875, Vol. XV., No. 88" by Various
Everything pointed to the fact that this rising was to be very different from the abortive July outbreak of 1913.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
Women going out on the Sabbath-day are allowed, as the Rabbis teach, to carry with them a certain stone believed to counteract abortion.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various

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
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
Abortions of their blind hyena--creed,
Who for ``protection'' of their battle--host
Against the unarmed of them they had made to bleed,
Whose hearts they had tortured to the utter--most
"Louvain To Dom Bruno Destrée, O.S.B." by Robert Laurence Binyon
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:

Today, they are used to affect abortion laws.
Woman's death forces Ireland to face abortion taboo.
What if Contraception Could Decimate the Abortion Rate.
Obama campaign ad shows clip of Romney saying he'd 'be delighted ' to sign abortion ban.
An anti-abortion demonstrator passes the US Capitol as he takes part in the "March for Life" in Washington.
Abortion-Rights Advocates Pin Hopes On Defense Bill.
She evidently believes that when a woman takes the morning after pill she has aborted a child.
Taliban v Christians v. Recent anti-abortion bills have got me thinking how the Taliban has some things in common with the far-right here in America.
Michigan legislature set to vote on dilation and extraction abortion ban.
A young medical student tries to decide if she has what it takes to join the diminishing ranks of abortion providers.
Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats' advantage with female voters, a tea party-backed Senate candidate's awkward remark has propelled the emotional issue of abortion back to the political forefront.
A federal appeals court has struck down a controversial Montgomery County health regulation that requires anti-abortion pregnancy centers to provide a health disclaimer to patients.
They are essentially trying to impose unnecessary regulations on charities that are providing women with genuine alternatives to abortion.
The debate over late term abortions, which opponents call partial birth abortions, is no exception.
A controversial requirement that an aborted fetus be buried, cremated or interred was removed this week at the last minute from an abortion bill under consideration in Lansing.

In science:

Suppose Eve programs the devices such that the protocol aborts unless a set of m specified bits of X1 take specific values24 .
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
For small m, Eve can ensure the devices behave in this way while keeping the probability of the protocol not aborting significantly above zero.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
If the string X1 remained a truly a private random string, this property should persist if Bob announces whether the protocol aborted or not (see also Footnote 22).
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
However, there is a significant chance that the protocol will not abort, and the casino will open tonight.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
Definition 8 A TM implementation M is strongly progressive if there does not exist any history H of M in which for every set Q ∈ C T rans(H ) of transactions such that |CObjH (Q)| ≤ 1, every transaction in Q is forceful ly aborted in H .
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory