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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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However, many patients come to her specialty clinic from another provider who increased the frequency of abortive medications without understanding or considering the overuse phenomenon.
Camilla, now fully recovered from her abortive stint in the I'm A Celebrity camp, is tying the knot this summer with Kevin who plays Jake Dean in the C4 soap.
But many estate agents maintain that Labour's idea to end the waste of abortive home sales has so far done little to speed things up, or ensure fewer chains of buyers collapse before sales go through.
Jimmy Carter, a former US president, has said that Washington knew about an abortive coup against Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, in 2002, and that it may even have taken part.
A draft legislative programme is expected to be published within weeks as Mr Brown tries to refocus on policy in the wake of the expenses scandal, disastrous election results and the abortive backbench coup.
There are three approaches to migraine management: non-pharmacological techniques (lifestyle changes), abortive medications, and preventive medications," says Dr.
A spokesman for the agents said: "The building is back on the market due to abortive negotiations - and with a reduced price.
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule, told Britain's ITV network in January that during the Games, Tibet supporters should protest peacefully in China against Beijing's rule.
Mr Hain quit on Thursday after the Electoral Commission called in Scotland Yard to investigate his failure to disclose some pounds 103,000 in donations to his abortive deputy Labour leadership bid.
The Work and Pensions Secretary attempted to blame his high-pressure job for distracting from the proper running of his abortive bid.
History in uniform shows the author's scholarship on the manner in which the Indonesian military tried to monopolise the construction of official history following the abortive coup in September 1965.
The Dalai Lama has been in exile since an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet in 1959.
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.