still·born | \ˈstil-ˈbȯrn \

Definition of stillborn 

1 : dead at birth

2 : failing from the start : abortive, unsuccessful a stillborn venture

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stillborn \ˈstil-ˌbȯrn \ noun

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Hoffman's trade came a week after a report in the Ottawa Citizen alleged that Hoffman's fiance, Monika Caryk, cyberbullied Senators captain Erik Karlsson’s wife Melinda after the birth of the Karlssons’ stillborn child. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Who is Mike Hoffman, the Florida Panthers' newly acquired forward?," 19 June 2018 Hoffman, who has scored at least 22 goals in the last four seasons, ended his tenure in Ottawa amid allegations that his fiancée cyberbullied Senators captain Erik Karlsson’s wife Melinda after the birth of the Karlssons’ stillborn child. Matthew Defranks,, "Roberto Luongo says Mike Hoffman will 'fit right in' with Panthers after trade," 20 June 2018 The baby, named Axel, was stillborn on March 19, 2018. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "NHL player's wife accuses teammates' fiancee of cyberbullying, files protective order," 13 June 2018 However, these remain stillborn owning to unprecedented U.N. sanctions. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "All Signs Suggest North Korea's Kim Jong Un Really Wants to Make a Deal," 8 June 2018 Authorities: Mom was on Facebook while baby drowned in bathtub ► March 2017: Mom accused of hiding stillborn girl in shoebox, freezer Broken wooden furniture, cardboard boxes and a rusted barbeque grill littered the dried up grass in the front yard. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Mom arrested after her baby, toddler found dead, strapped into their car seats," 27 Mar. 2018 Struck by a ship, entangled in crab pots, stillborn, emaciated: It's been a tough three months for whales. Anchorage Daily News, "Whale strandings off Washington-Oregon coast highest in nearly 2 decades," 3 July 2018 Henry County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci says the child's mother contacted authorities after her daughter gave birth to a stillborn baby. Fox News, "Georgia man gets 25 years for raping, impregnating girl, 12," 14 June 2018 Sheila Smith, an 84-year-old great-grandmother, and a stillborn baby named Logan were among those killed. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "One year later, Britain remembers Grenfell Tower fire, country's deadliest tragedy since World War II," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of stillborn

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of stillborn 

: dead at birth — compare live-born

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