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Definition terminate (stop) before completion
  • The project was aborted
  • abort the mission
  • abort the program
  • His eyes glanced momentarily at me, and his lips parted with an abortive attempt at a laugh.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • abortive = terminated (stopped) before completion
  • No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • the pregnancy was aborted
  • I would not abort my baby.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Finally, Tony begged her not to abort the baby, and actually promised that he would take care of the baby himself.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • The screen answered: WARNING: COMMAND EXECUTION ABORTED (AUX POWER LOW) "What does that mean?"
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They had made another abortive search of the island.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It had been three years since she had tried her abortive love-affair with him.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • He had gone to Bjurman's to calm him down or to threaten him, as needed, after the abortive attempt to kidnap Salander.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Although I'm certain Mr. Fuller filled his ear about it, Dad made no comment on our abortive test.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Dear Lord—abort, abort, abort!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • The chaplain's pilgrimage to Wintergreen had proved abortive; another shrine was empty.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • As far as I know, that was the only time Billy and Ricky had to literally abort the mission!
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • Since the hunting trip had been aborted, she would just have to make do with donated blood.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It's all been—abortive," she said.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Possibly I will choose to abort.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • Never mentioned Mauna Loa's volcanic nature; instead I noted that location permitted an aborted load to splash harmlessly in Pacific Ocean.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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