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Definition of abortion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the deliberate ending of a pregnancy at an early stage to support/oppose abortion a woman's right to abortion abortion laws I've always been anti-abortion.
  2. 2[countable] a medical operation to end a pregnancy so that the baby is not born alive She decided to have an abortion. compare miscarriage
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: abortion