Adjective "abortifacient" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(chiefly of a drug) causing abortion.
  1. 'Middle Eastern Unani medicine affirms its abortifacient properties.'
  2. 'The new label states: ‘Because of its abortifacient property, Cytotec is contraindicated for use by pregnant women.’'
  3. 'The World Health Organization has put two abortifacient drugs on its list of essential medicines to offer an alternative to surgical methods that are often used in developing countries.'
  4. 'It's an essay that suggests that it's unethical to use oral contraceptives because of their abortifacient properties.'
  5. 'Traditional folk medicine offered recipes for abortifacient brews of aloes, pennyroyal, and extracts from wild juniper bushes that so poisoned or irritated the system that miscarriages occurred as a side effect.'
  6. 'Some varieties of the pill cause more abortions and some less, but sooner or later all varieties are abortifacient.'
  7. 'From this, Meilander concludes that emergency contraception is more like contraception than abortifacient procedures.'


An abortifacient drug.
  1. 'Major abortifacients used include infusions from herbs, leaves of special shrubs, plant roots, and the bark of some trees.'
  2. 'In Biblical times sticks and dubious herbal abortifacients were used in attempted abortions, yet the Bible does not consider this as important enough to even address.'
  3. 'Wertheimer acknowledges this in the statement, ‘Some individuals may consider these hormones to be abortifacients if they interfere with implantation.’'
  4. 'Because it is reputed to affect the menstrual cycle and to be an abortifacient, its use in pregnancy and lactation is to be avoided.'
  5. 'Pro-life groups opposed to the referendum claim that a ‘yes’ vote will allow the use of abortifacients such as the morning-after pill and the IUD.'
  6. 'Claiming that the pill was an abortifacient, the board stated: ‘The proposed indication was deemed unacceptable and the company voluntarily withdrew the application.’'
  7. 'She's worried that his anti-abortion stance will endanger the future availability of abortifacients as over the counter medication, and the future of RU - 486 to be used for other purposes.'
  8. 'Many people think the Pill is simply a preventative measure, but it does also act as an abortifacient.'
  9. 'Section 59 criminalizes the supply and procuring of abortifacients or instruments for use in unlawful abortions.'
  10. 'Yet knowledge of the peacock flower and its use as an abortifacient remained confined, by and large, to the slave camps and backwoods villages of the New World colonies.'


1. causing abortion. noun

2. a drug or device used to cause abortion: a biochemical abortifacient in pill form.

More examples(as adjective)

"pills can be abortifacient."

"contraceptives can be abortifacient."