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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bawr-shuh n]
    • /əˈbɔr ʃən/
    • /əˈbɔː.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bawr-shuh n]
    • /əˈbɔr ʃən/

Definitions of abortion word

  • variable noun abortion If a woman has an abortion, she ends her pregnancy deliberately so that the baby is not born alive. 3
  • noun abortion an operation or other procedure to terminate pregnancy before the fetus is viable 3
  • noun abortion the premature termination of pregnancy by spontaneous or induced expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus 3
  • noun abortion the products of abortion; an aborted fetus 3
  • noun abortion the arrest of development of an organ 3
  • noun abortion a failure to develop to completion or maturity 3

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Origin of abortion

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1540-50, abortion is from the Latin word abortiōn- (stem of abortiō). See abort, -ion

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Parts of speech for Abortion


abortion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abortion

noun abortion

  • miscarriage — the expulsion of a fetus before it is viable, especially between the third and seventh months of pregnancy; spontaneous abortion. Compare abortion (def 1).
  • termination — the act of terminating.
  • aborticide — the killing of an unborn fetus
  • feticide — the act of destroying a fetus or causing an abortion.
  • disappointmentCape, a cape in SW Washington state, projecting into the Pacific Ocean on the N of the mouth of the Columbia River.

Antonyms for abortion

noun abortion

  • continuation — The continuation of something is the fact that it continues, rather than stopping.
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • miracle — an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
  • good luck — good fortune
  • wonder — to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system.

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