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Word: abortive

Definition: unsuccessful; fruitless

Sentences Containing 'abortive'

A mysterious quarrel between Pepys and Leijonbergh, which led to an abortive duel, may have been due to Lady Batten's claim that Pepys was withholding money due to the Batten estate.
After an abortive move north against the Red Army, Wrangel's troops were forced south by Red Army and Black Army forces; Wrangel and the remains of his army were evacuated to Constantinople in November 1920.
After the abortive election of king Frederick William IV of Prussia to be emperor, he, with the other Austrians, left Frankfurt.
Because of this, and a generally favorable environment for alternative sports leagues (the American Football League had become a rousing success around the same time, while the abortive Continental League nonetheless had a role in the expansion of baseball), the NHL's control over major professional hockey was legitimately threatened.
Cooke was involved in operations in Quiberon Bay during the remainder of 1799, and in 1800 participated in an abortive invasion of Ferrol.
During the abortive administrative reforms of 1962-1965, the district was appended to Kharovsky District. Administrative and municipal divisions.
During the IRA's Northern Campaign, Doyle is mentioned by White as having participated in the abortive raid on the British barracks at Crossmaglen, County Armagh, on 2 September 1942, in retaliation for the execution of Tom Williams earlier that morning.
He also planned the raid on Chester Castle, scheduled for 11 February 1867, which proved abortive.
He suffered a knee injury in a game against Norwich City in September 1998; he spent more than two years in an abortive attempt to regain fitness but played no more first-team football and retired in 2001 at the age of 28.
He was the first Western reporter to visit the Gdansk shipyard in August 1980, and also covered the Tiananmen Square uprising in China in 1989, the abortive coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991, and the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
In 1833 Fyans joined the 4th Regiment of Foot at Sydney, New South Wales, and was posted to Norfolk Island as captain of the guard. In January 1834 an abortive mutiny led by John Knatchbull resulted in nine deaths and many wounded, and led to the recall of the commandant, James Morisset.
In 2009, former US President Jimmy Carter told Colombian newspaper "El Tiempo" that he believed that Washington knew about the abortive coup and may have been involved.
In botany, a staminode is an often rudimentary, sterile or abortive stamen.
In December 1917, Alekseev was joined by Kornilov, Denikin, and other Tsarist officers who had escaped from the jail where they had been imprisoned following the abortive Kornilov affair just before the Revolution.
In February 1963, during the abortive administrative reform by Nikita Khrushchev, Udomelsky District was merged into Bologovsky District, but in January 1965 it was re-established.
In the course of the abortive administrative reform by Nikita Khrushchev, the district was abolished on December 10, 1962 and merged into Pestovsky Rural District. On December 22, 1962, Khvoyninsky Industrial District was established.
One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
Santos Costa went on to join the army and, as a second-lieutenant, took part in the abortive royalist uprising against the Portuguese Republic in 1919.
Several songs from the abortive show appeared on the Byrds' albums of 1970 and 1971.
Sir Hovenden Walker (1656 or 1666 – 1725 or 1728) was a British naval officer noted for having led an abortive 1711 expedition against Quebec City, then the capital of New France.
The failure of the Meech Lake Accord — an abortive attempt to redress the constitutional problems brought on by the adoption of the 1982 amendment without the Quebec government's approval — strengthened the conviction of most politicians and led many federalist ones to place little hope in the prospect of a federal constitutional reform that would satisfy Quebec's purported historical demands (according to proponents of the sovereignty movement).
The Navy achieved an emphatic early victory at the Glorious First of June (1794), and gained a number of smaller victories while supporting abortive Royalist efforts to regain control of France.
The race was the brainchild of Tom Wheatcroft, who had been trying to bring F1 to the track since an abortive attempt to host the British Grand Prix in 1988.
The Red Army, led by the capable commander Tukhachevsky, captured Elabuga on 26 May, Sarapul on 2 June, and Izevsk on the 7th and continued to push forward. Both sides had victories and losses, but by the middle of summer the Red Army was larger than the White Army and had managed to recapture territory previously lost. Following the abortive offensive at Chelyabinsk, the White armies withdrew beyond the Tobol.
This followed several abortive attempts to film the novel.
This species has been considered to have abortive and menstruation-inducing properties.
This style of transition is seen again in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" (2008) both when the Doctor undergoes an abortive regeneration, and when his hand spawns a clone in the second part; in "The End of Time" (2010) during which Matt Smith took over the role as the Eleventh Doctor; in "The Impossible Astronaut" when the Doctor is shot twice and seemingly killed; in "Day of the Moon" when a young girl regenerates; and in "Let's Kill Hitler" when Mels (Nina Toussaint-White) is shot and regenerates into River Song (Alex Kingston).
This writer went through all the usual topics of European moralists, showing “how diminutive, contemptible, and helpless an animal was man in his own nature; how unable to defend himself from inclemencies of the air, or the fury of wild beasts: how much he was excelled by one creature in strength, by another in speed, by a third in foresight, by a fourth in industry.” He added, “that nature was degenerated in these latter declining ages of the world, and could now produce only small abortive births, in comparison of those in ancient times.” He said “it was very reasonable to think, not only that the species of men were originally much larger, but also that there must have been giants in former ages; which, as it is asserted by history and tradition, so it has been confirmed by huge bones and skulls, casually dug up in several parts of the kingdom, far exceeding the common dwindled race of men in our days.” He argued, “that the very laws of nature absolutely required we should have been made, in the beginning of a size more large and robust; not so liable to destruction from every little accident, of a tile falling from a house, or a stone cast from the hand of a boy, or being drowned in a little brook.” From this way of reasoning, the author drew several moral applications, useful in the conduct of life, but needless here to repeat.
Under Soviet pressure, the Volunteer Army embarked on the epic Ice March from Yekaterinodar to Kuban on 22 February 1918, where they joined with the Kuban Cossacks to mount an abortive assault on Yekaterinodar.
What he had told me, in his room, about his belief in its disseminating the statements pasted on it, which were nothing but old leaves of abortive Memorials, might have been a fancy with him sometimes; but not when he was out, looking up at the kite in the sky, and feeling it pull and tug at his hand.
When the Patricians ceased operations due to the war and flu problems of 1918, Hughitt moved on to Buffalo Niagaras and Prospects of the Buffalo Semi-Pro Football League, returning to Youngstown in a brief and abortive attempt to relaunch the Patricians in 1919.

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