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abortive action

An action that fails and/or ends abruptly or causes something else to fail or end abruptly. The measure to increase pay for senators that was included in the tax reform bill was an abortive action, causing the entire bill to die on the senate floor. The general's effort to mount a counteroffensive proved an abortive action, leaving half of his troops decimated in the wake of battle.
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George Bush, the then US president, denied any US involvement in the abortive coup and called on Chavez, who is critical of US policy, to "learn a lesson" from the attempted overthrow.
At the tender age of 16, Kelly Ann (Samantha Shields) gives birth to a baby boy, the result of an abortive dalliance with 18-year-old Lee (Martin Compston).
Treatment: Doctors can prescribe both preventive medication (to be taken before symptoms hit) and abortive (to treat the symptoms once an attack begins).
Director James McTeigue coaxed remarkable performances from his stars--Natalie Portman as Evey, and Hugo Weaving as the titular hero/anti-hero "V," an enigmatic terrorist whose never-seen face is hidden behind a static mask representing Guy Fawkes, the terrorist who led an abortive plot to blow up the British Parliament in 1605.
Many abortive trials and the unasked-for advice of her family members leave her unfulfilled until her mother helps her focus on the simple idea of dealing with something close by: a tree.
Not classified as true pandemics are 3 notable epidemics: a pseudopandemic in 1947 with low death rates, an epidemic in 1977 that was a pandemic in children, and an abortive epidemic of swine influenza in 1976 that was feared to have pandemic potential.
Not only that, but many contraceptives are abortive, killing the child if conception does take place, and pose serious health risks for women.
Based on the true story of an abortive attempt to kill the 37th American President, the film has Sean Penn as Samuel Bicke, a man going through a more severe mid-life crisis than most.
However, exceptional costs including the directors' payout and the cost of Musgrave's abortive bid for Londis in December, contributed to an operating loss of 3.
The Dalai Lama has been living in India since fleeing the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in 1959 with thousands of supporters after an abortive revolt against Chinese rule.
In Mary Carey's "Upon ye Sight of My abortive Birth," the poet-mother scorns herself as being "'voyd of life, and feature' .
Despite all this sharing, one thing Spitzer is reluctant to share is the pain that came with Cadillac's abortive three-year effort to win Le Mans.
He intersperses his tale with a running account of the Imperial diehards' final abortive coup attempt to delay the inevitable.
analyzed the daily computer diary entries of 92 menstruating women aged 18-56, who treated 181 menstrual-related migraines and 655 nonmenstrual migraines with abortive medications including combinations of analgesics, antiemetics, and triptans.