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abortive (adj) unsuccessful; failing.
When our attempt to do some thing fails, it is an abortive attempt. The word is used mostly with attempt. An attempt is described as abortive if it does not meet with success.
- Even after a number of abortive attempts, he persisted in his determination to scale the mountain, and succeeded in it.
- Success comes definitely to those whose determination to succeed continues, even after a number of abortive attempts.