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abortive

adjective uk   /əˈbɔː.tɪv/ us    /-ˈbɔːr.t̬ɪv/ formal
describes an attempt or plan that you have to give up because it has failed: He made two abortive attempts on the French throne.Unsuccessful (people and things)
(Definition of abortive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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