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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abortive mean? 

ABORTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ABORTIVE has 1 sense:

1. failing to accomplish an intended result

  Familiarity information: ABORTIVE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ABORTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1abortive [BACK TO TOP]


Failing to accomplish an intended result


abortive; stillborn; unsuccessful

Context examples:

an abortive revolt / a stillborn plot to assassinate the President


unfruitful (not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production)

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