Abortive vs Unproductive - What's the difference?

abortive | unproductive |

As adjectives the difference between abortive and unproductive

is that abortive is (obsolete) produced by abortion; born prematurely while unproductive is not productive; useless; fruitless.

As a noun abortive

is (obsolete) that which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion .

As a verb abortive

is (obsolete) to cause an abortion; to render without fruit .




(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Produced by abortion; born prematurely.
  • an abortive child
  • Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful.
  • an abortive attempt
  • * 1799 edition, , Paradise Lost :
  • and with utter loss of being
    Threatens him, plung'd in that abortive gulf.
  • * (rfdate),
  • An abortive enterprise.
  • (biology) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile.
  • an abortive organ
    an abortive stamen
    an abortive ovule
  • (medicine, rare, attributive) Causing abortion; abortifacient
  • abortive medicines
  • * (Parr)
  • (medicine) Cutting short; acting to halt or slow the progress (of a disease).
  • abortive treatment of typhoid fever
  • Made from the skin of a still-born animal.
  • abortive vellum

    Derived terms

    * abortiveness


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.
  • * "Thou elvish-mark'd, abortive , rooting hog!" - Shakespeare, Richard III, I-iii
  • (obsolete) A fruitless effort or issue.
  • (obsolete) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion, abortifacient.
  • Verb

  • (obsolete) To cause an abortion; to render without fruit.
  • References

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    (en adjective)
  • Not productive; useless; fruitless.
  • :Juggling is an amusing pastime, but generally unproductive .
  • Synonyms