still·​born | \ ˈstil-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Definition of stillborn

1 : dead at birth
2 : failing from the start : abortive, unsuccessful a stillborn venture

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stillborn \ ˈstil-​ˌbȯrn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

Examples of stillborn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The California Supreme Court this week declined to intervene in the prosecution of a drug-using mother who faces murder charges after her baby was stillborn. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "California court rules meth-using mom can face murder charge in baby's stillborn death," 25 Dec. 2020 Who isn’t traumatized when Catherine dies and her baby is stillborn? Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "What book has the most disappointing ending? Readers have many opinions.," 19 Oct. 2020 Nearly 2 million infants are stillborn every year around the world and the pandemic is likely to worsen the problem, a new report from the United Nations and the World Bank Group has warned. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, October 8," 8 Oct. 2020 Then on my birthday, February 22, our daughter, Winifred Flosshilde, was stillborn. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Empty churches and the empty tomb," 12 Apr. 2020 In 2016, a Michigan study found that women whose babies were stillborn or lost quickly after being born were much more likely to experience depression or post-traumatic effects. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Device gives parents of stillborn babies more time to bond and make memories," 4 Jan. 2020 Seventy-eight of those babies were stillborn, and 16 died after birth. Los Angeles Times, "1,306 U.S. infants were born with syphilis in 2018, even though it’s easy to prevent," 8 Oct. 2019 Each year, about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or less than 1 percent of total births. Lauren Caruba,, "A special cooled bed provided San Antonio parents more time to say goodbye after their baby was stillborn," 6 Jan. 2020 In 1963, John and Jackie Kennedy, having already had a stillborn child, lost their baby Patrick to respiratory distress syndrome 39 hours after a birth that was only two weeks premature. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stillborn was in 1593

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9 Jan 2021

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“Stillborn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stillborn

of a baby : dead at birth
: never able to begin operating or proceeding


still·​born | \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of stillborn

: dead at birth — compare live-born

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stillborn \ -​ˌbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce stillborn (audio) \ noun

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