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abort

verb  /əˈbɔrt/ us  

abort verb (STOP)

[T] to stop something before it has begun or to cause something to fail before it is complete: Engineers aborted the test flight at the last minute.

abort verb (END PREGNANCY)

[I/T] to end a pregnancy before a baby is fully developed
abortion
noun [C/U]  /əˈbɔr·ʃən/ us  
abortive
adjective [not gradable]  /əˈbɔr·t̬ɪv/ us  
An abortive uprising led to his exile.
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