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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.

Abortion Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: a·bor·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /uh-bOR-shuhn/
  • British English – /uh-bAWsh-uhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /əˈbɔrʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /əˈbɔːʃn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: abortions

Additional Information

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Works Consulted

Macionis, John. 2012. Sociology. 14th ed. Boston: Pearson.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Abortion

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “abortion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (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 May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“abortion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/abortion/>.