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abortive

[ə′bȯrd·iv]
(biology)
Imperfectly formed or developed.
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I was getting rather frustrated abortively striking at these plucks and finding my worm chewed up.
In fact, they are, somewhat primitive, unless abortively quoting archaic sites can be seen to be sophisticated.
Finally, the obligation of sea ports and counties to provide ships for defence (stoutly resisted in 1596 and 1626), was converted into a national scheme, under prerogative authority,-to fund a "stand-alone" navy, free of merchant participation - floated abortively in 1628, effected by the "Ship Money" fleets of 1634-41.