Definition for A-BORT'IVE


  1. Brought forth in an immature state; failing, or coming to naught, before it is complete.
  2. Failing in its effect; miscarrying; producing nothing; as, an abortive scheme.
  3. Rendering abortive; as, abortive gulf, in Milton, but not legitimate.
  4. Pertaining to abortion; as, abortive vellum, made of the skin of an abortive calf. – Encyc.
  5. In botany, an abortive flower is one which falls without producing fruit. – Martyn.

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