a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
They warmed themselves beside these great hearthfires; they tried their powers in abortive creations, in work laid aside and taken up again with new glow of enthusiasm.atize Beijing peacefully.
Sentence in Classic:
He was unused to receiving visitors, and for the moment conceived the new arrival to be a Government official, sent to question him concerning an abortive society to which he had formerly belonged.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
I proceed, then, from the morning which followed our abortive chase of the convict and our other strange experiences upon the moor.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context