- I made an abortive attempt to win his support.
- An abortive attempt to conclude the negotiations.
- Even an abortive attempt is better than a failed strategy.
- His eyes glanced momentarily at me, and his lips parted with an abortive attempt at a laugh.
- We had to abandon our abortive attempts.
- This abortive attempt to be a hero ended my combat career in the Europe Theater of Operations.