- shambles; mess.
- anything that fails to develop, progress, or mature, as a design or project.
Origin of abortion
Related Words for abortionmiscarriage, termination, aborticide, feticide, disappointment, fiasco, disaster, misadventure
Examples from the Web for abortion
Contemporary Examples of abortion
Most often, the doctrine is invoked by minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
In other words, unnecessarily stringent abortion regulation could be far more dangerous than abortion itself.
The National Right to Life Committee, for example, asks the leading question “Is Abortion Safe?”
One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private.
Jenny Kutner, a 23-year-old writer for Salon, talked about her abortion after an IUD failure.
Historical Examples of abortion
And he had arrived at what he called the hypothesis of the abortion of cells.Doctor Pascal
Some trees are without fruit through the abortion of the pistils.Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
Cows that are degenerating into consumption are exceedingly subject to abortion.
Abortion, also, often follows a sudden change from poor to luxuriant food.
In this case the neglect is over-production; the evil is abortion.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
1540s, from Latin abortionem (nominative abortio) "miscarriage, abortion," noun of action from past participle stem of aboriri (see abortive).
Earlier noun in English was simple abort (early 15c.). Originally of both deliberate and unintended miscarriages; in 19c. some effort was made to distinguish abortion "expulsion of the fetus between 6 weeks and 6 months" from miscarriage (the same within 6 weeks of conception) and premature labor (delivery after 6 months but before due time). This broke down as abortion came to be used principally for intentional miscarriages. Foeticide (v.) appears 1823 as a forensic medical term for deliberate premature fatal expulsion of the fetus; also cf. prolicide. Abortion was a taboo word for much of early 20c., disguised in print as criminal operation (U.S.) or illegal operation (U.K.), and replaced by miscarriage in film versions of novels.
The ending of pregnancy and expulsion of the embryo or fetus, generally before the embryo or fetus is capable of surviving on its own. Abortion may be brought on intentionally by artificial means (induced abortion) or may occur naturally (spontaneous abortion, which is commonly referred to as a miscarriage). (Compare stillbirth; see also family planning and population control.)