Synonyms for Abortive:


all (adjective)
stillborn, unsuccessful.
failing (adjective)
failing to achieve a goal (adjective)
failing, futile, unsuccessful, failed, useless, ineffectual, vain, fruitless.
unsuccessful (adjective)
bungled, in vain, frustrated, futile, unsuccessful, botched, fruitless, foiled, pointless, counterproductive, useless, thwarted, disastrous, vain, failed, ineffectual.
useless (adjective)
vain (adjective)
failing, study atfutile.


abortive (noun)
unfruitful, unsuccessful, stillborn.

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Other relevant words:
bungled, disastrous, in vain, botched, stillborn, failing, unfruitful, counterproductive.

Usage examples for abortive

  1. As he desires that the designs with which he labours may not prove abortive so he does not assign them a certain day of their birth, but leaves them to the natural productions of fit times and occasions, like those curious artists in China, who temper the mould this day of which a vessel may be made a hundred years hence. – Secret Diplomatic History of The Eighteenth Century by Karl Marx
  2. In 1720 published a pamphlet in defence of the abortive expedition to Canada. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  3. As I had been out on bail from my committal, and as I stood in the same position after that abortive trial as before it commenced, I asked the learned judge to renew my bail, but he refused. – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote