Definition of abortion in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbɔːʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks: concerns such as abortion and euthanasia [count noun]: illegal abortions
More example sentences
  • She wished to end her pregnancy, but abortion was illegal in Texas except in cases of extreme danger to the mother.
  • The Institute has also argued against abortion, euthanasia and human cloning.
  • Let us keep the backyard abortionist out and legalised abortion in as a human right.
termination, miscarriage
rare feticide
1.1The expulsion of a fetus from the womb by natural causes before it is able to survive independently.
Example sentences
  • Higher amounts of caffeine may be associated with increased rates of abortion and low birth weight.
  • This may result in abortion, premature delivery or Congenital Rubella Syndrome.
  • Abortion in a previous pregnancy predisposes to further abortions or stillbirths in subsequent pregnancies.
1.2 Biology The arrest of the development of a seed, fruit, or other organ.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, we did not observe increased levels of seed or ovule abortion in any seth mutants.
  • High temperature conditions commonly cause flower abscission and seed abortion because of pollination failure.
  • In cucumber, a correlation between fruit abortion and vegetative growth rate was also observed.
2An object or undertaking that is unpleasant or badly made or carried out.
Example sentences
  • He didn't bring up one single argument in respect to the abortion of a budget that was tabled this year.
  • My introduction to advertising came to consist of thinking up such abortions as banana creme topping.


Mid 16th century: from Latin abortio(n-), from aboriri 'miscarry' (see abort).

Words that rhyme with abortion

apportion, caution, contortion, distortion, extortion, portion, proportion, retortion, torsion
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