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abortion (əˈbɔːʃən Pronunciation for abortion



  1. an operation or other procedure to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is viable
  2. the premature termination of pregnancy by spontaneous or induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus
  3. the products of abortion; an aborted fetus
  4. the arrest of development of an organ
  5. a failure to develop to completion or maturity   ⇒ the project proved an abortion
  6. a person or thing that is deformed

Derived Forms

aˈbortional adjective


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= termination, feticide, aborticide, miscarriage, deliberate miscarriage

Translations for 'abortion'

  • British English: abortionPronunciation for abortion An abortion is a medical operation in which a pregnancy is deliberately ended and the baby is not born alive.His girlfriend had an abortion.əˈbɔːʃən NOUN
  • Arabic: إِجْهاضPronunciation for إِجْهاض
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abortoPronunciation for aborto
  • Chinese: 堕胎Pronunciation for 堕胎
  • Croatian: pobačajPronunciation for pobačaj
  • Czech: interrupcePronunciation for interrupce
  • Danish: abortPronunciation for abort
  • Dutch: abortusPronunciation for abortus
  • European Spanish: abortoPronunciation for aborto
  • Finnish: aborttiPronunciation for abortti
  • French: avortementPronunciation for avortement
  • German: SchwangerschaftsabbruchPronunciation for Schwangerschaftsabbruch Schwangerschaftsabbrüche
  • Greek: έκτρωσηPronunciation for έκτρωση
  • Italian: abortoPronunciation for aborto
  • Japanese: 妊娠中絶Pronunciation for 妊娠中絶
  • Korean: 유산Pronunciation for 유산
  • Norwegian: abortPronunciation for abort
  • Polish: aborcjaPronunciation for aborcja
  • Portuguese: abortoPronunciation for aborto
  • Romanian: avort avorturi
  • Russian: абортPronunciation for аборт
  • Spanish: abortoPronunciation for aborto
  • Swedish: abortPronunciation for abort
  • Thai: การทำแท้งPronunciation for การทำแท้ง
  • Turkish: kürtajPronunciation for kürtaj
  • Ukrainian: аборт
  • Vietnamese: sự phá thaiPronunciation for sự phá thai

Example Sentences Including 'abortion'

But I always knew I was able to have them, because before I married him I had already had an abortion.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories
Conservative leader Michael Howard backs a reduction in abortion time limits in an interview to be published next week.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2005)
Entrenched attitudes to abortion are just not morally attuned to the significant differences between instances of abortion , she says.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
His efforts helped to clean up the Victorian police force and to bring about a more liberal interpretation of abortion laws.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
It wasn't that hard to come by an abortion in Hamburg in the mid-1970s.
Mike said it put him in mind of a particularly nasty backstreet abortion he'd had to deal with in his last job.
Pritchard, John Night Sisters
Opponents, many of whom also oppose abortion , say that the resultant death of the embryo is absolutely unacceptable.
New Scientist (2003)
The only faint consolation is that the bluff of the political parties will be called regarding reducing the numbers seeking abortion.
Irish Times (2002)
We will have no opportunity to vote on legislation for abortion.
Irish Times (2002)


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