abortion NOUN 1) the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. 2) the natural expulsion of a fetus from the womb before it is able to survive independently. 3) informal, derogatory something imperfectly planned or made.
DERIVATIVES abortionist noun (chiefly derogatory ).

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