Definition of Abortion
(noun) The intentional or unintentional termination of a fetus.
Examples of Abortion
- A married couple were using contraception for family planning, but it failed, so they decided to have an abortion.
- After a woman is raped and impregnated, she goes to a clinic or hospital to have the pregnancy terminated.
- American English – /uh-bOR-shuhn/
- British English – /uh-bAWsh-uhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /əˈbɔrʃ(ə)n/
- British English – /əˈbɔːʃn/
- Plural: abortions
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- Word origin of “abortion” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Boltanski, Luc. 2013. The Foetal Condition: A Sociology of Engendering and Abortion. Cambridge: Polity.
- Ekland-Olson, Sheldon. 2012. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment. London: Routledge.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “abortion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
abortion. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “abortion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“abortion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 29 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/>.