Meaning of “abortion” in the English Dictionary

"abortion" in British English

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uk /əˈbɔː.ʃən/ us /əˈbɔːr.ʃən/

abortion noun (END OF PREGNANCY)

C1 [ C or U ] the intentional ending of a pregnancy:

She decided to have/get an abortion.
Abortion is restricted in some American states.

More examples

  • This change in the law would make abortion illegal except for strictly defined medical reasons.
  • We're conducting a poll to find out what people think about abortion.
  • Some women choose to have an abortion rather than care for a severely disabled child.
  • Her husband longed for children, and she had an abortion without telling him.
  • Many women die or become infertile as a result of unsafe abortions.

(Definition of “abortion” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)