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abortive

adjective uk   /əˈbɔː.tɪv/  us   /-ˈbɔːr.t̬ɪv/ formal
An abortive attempt or plan has to be stopped because it has failed: He made two abortive attempts on the French throne.
Translations of “abortive”
in Chinese (Traditional) 失敗的,夭折的, 無結果的…
in Russian неудавшийся…
in Turkish sonuçsuz, beyhude, boş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 失败的,夭折的, 无结果的…
in Polish nieudany…
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