Synonyms for Abortive:
•failing to achieve a goal (adjective)
failing, futile, unsuccessful, failed, useless, ineffectual, vain, fruitless.
bungled, in vain, frustrated, futile, unsuccessful, botched, fruitless, foiled, pointless, counterproductive, useless, thwarted, disastrous, vain, failed, ineffectual.
failing, study atfutile.
unfruitful, unsuccessful, stillborn.
Usage examples for abortive
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