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a·bor·tive [uh-bawr-tiv]

adjective

1. failing to produce the intended results; unsuccessful:

An abortive coup.

2. rudimentary; primitive.
3. born prematurely.

Origin

1300-50; Middle English < Latin abortīvus. See abort, -ive

Synonyms

1. failed, fruitless, futile, vain.

Antonyms

1. fruitful, successful.