abortive action

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.
See also: action
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To label this as emergency contraception when it's clearly an abortive action is dishonest," she added.
Trainer William Haggas, who had headed the ultimately abortive action against Northern Racing's paltry prizemoney over Easter, remains a fan of the track where he has had a profitable return with eight winners in the last five years.
Another commercial aircraft had just taken off on Sunday afternoon as the Spanish flight came in to land, forcing the pilot to take abortive action.