Origin of abortive
Examples from the Web for abortive
Migraine drugs fall into two categories: preventive and abortive.
One time was an abortive interview about the U.S. wars in Indochina which ended with him stomping off.Bloody Bloody Richard Nixon’s Role in a Forgotten Genocide|Nick Turse|September 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ross later defined this as "the only new idea" that Arafat had presented at the abortive peace talks.
He recalled previous failed Special Forces operations, including Desert One, the abortive hostage rescue attempt in Iran in 1980.
They rise from the ruins of one abortive sentence, to launch forth into another with 54 unabated vigour.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
He was an albino and chiefly remembered for his abortive attempt to tax matches, giving rise to the joke “ex luce lucellum.”Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life|Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Owing to an abortive and obscurely originated action for libel, the whole matter revives.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
Maxwell pulled out his handkerchief, and made an abortive effort to get his face clean.Hepsey Burke|Frank Noyes Westcott
Abortive adventures of this kind have in our own time been witnessed.Charles Dickens as a Reader|Charles Kent
British Dictionary definitions for abortive
Word Origin and History for abortive
late 14c., "born prematurely or dead," from Latin abortivus "pertaining to miscarriage; causing abortion," from abort-, past participle stem of aboriri "disappear, miscarry," from ab- "amiss" (see ab-) + oriri "appear, be born, arise" (see orchestra); the compound word used in Latin for deaths, miscarriages, sunsets, etc. The Latin verb for "to produce an abortion" was abigo, literally "to drive away." Not originally used to imply forced or deliberate miscarriage; from 14c.-18c. stillborn children or domestic animals were said to be abortive. Also see abortion. Related: Abortiveness.