Abortionist A*bor"tion*ist, n. One who performs or procures abortion; among medical personnel, also called an {abortion provider}.

Note: The word abortionist has negative connotations from the time when the practise was illegal in the United States, and the latter term is preferred among those who do not consider the procedure as morally reprehensible. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • abortionist — abor·tion·ist /ə bȯr shə nist/ n: one who induces abortions Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. abortionist …   Law dictionary

  • abortionist — (n.) 1872, from ABORTION (Cf. abortion) + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • abortionist — ☆ abortionist [ə bôrshənist ] n. a person who performs an abortion, esp. illegally …   English World dictionary

  • abortionist — [[t]əbɔ͟ː(r)ʃənɪst[/t]] abortionists N COUNT An abortionist is someone who performs abortions, usually illegally. → See also anti abortionist She knew who to ask about finding an abortionist …   English dictionary

  • abortionist — UK [əˈbɔː(r)ʃ(ə)nɪst] / US [əˈbɔrʃ(ə)nɪst] noun [countable] Word forms abortionist : singular abortionist plural abortionists someone who performs abortions. This word suggests that the abortions are illegal or that you do not approve of abortion …   English dictionary

  • abortionist — 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • abortionist — noun Date: 1871 one who induces abortions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abortionist — /euh bawr sheuh nist/, n. 1. a person who performs or induces abortions, esp. illegally. 2. a person who favors or advocates abortion as a right or choice that all women should have: usually intended as an offensive term. [1870 75, Amer.;… …   Universalium

  • abortionist — noun One who performs an abortion …   Wiktionary

  • abortionist — One who interrupts a pregnancy. * * * abor·tion·ist sh(ə )nəst n one who induces abortion …   Medical dictionary

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