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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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class="MsoNormalPAY ALL DEBTS class="MsoNormalThe couple has endeavoured to pay all debts accrued at the abortive wedding.
About 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary have already been sacked or suspended in a post-coup crackdown, and some 32,000 people have been arrested for their alleged role in the abortive putsch.
"To label this as emergency contraception when it's clearly an abortive action is dishonest," she added.
TAMWORTH manager Mark Cooper has called for a change in the rules following this week's abortive FA Trophy replay with Altrincham.
Plans to stamp out gazumping by introducing Home Information Packs in mid-2007 could hit homeowners with a pounds 750 million bill for abortive work on homes which fail to sell.
"However, at one point an officer clearly failed to advise correctly and, as a result, the complainants continued with work that has proved abortive," she adds The dispute centres on a loft conversion that the couple were carrying out at their two-storey Birmingham property.
BASED on the true story of an abortive attempt to kill the 37th American President, Sean Penn plays Sam Bicke, a man going through a more severe mid-life crisis than most.
Henry Kissinger, founder of Kissinger Associates, helped broker deals that fed billions of dollars into Saddam's war chest--money that was used to build the despot's abortive WMD program.
"The availability of contraceptive and abortive drugs, new threats to life in the laws of some countries, some of the uses of prenatal diagnosis, the spread of in-vitro fertilization techniques, the consequent production of embryos to deal with sterility but also their destination to scientific research, the use of embryonic stem cells for the development of tissue for transplants to cure degenerative diseases, and projects of full or partial cloning, already done with animals: all of these have changed the situation radically.
An earlier, abortive attempt has now been succeeded by an ambitious long-term project that will eventually make more informed judgments possible.
-- Be alert for rebound headaches in chronic headache patients who are being treated with an abortive agent, Dr.
The result is at once abortive and hopeful, and charged with suspense.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising by Tibetans against Chinese occupation.
Then just before the half hour panic stations in the home defence resulted in several abortive attempts to clear the ball.
Although plans for the exhibition proved abortive, President Mitterrand launched his Grands Projets -- among them the new Opera to be built on the site of the Bastille terminus (for which Carlos Ott won the competition in 1983 (AR December 1983).