un·​born | \ ˌən-ˈbȯrn \

Definition of unborn

1 : not born : not brought into life
2 : still to appear : future
3 : existing without birth

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unborn


coming, future


bygone, past

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Examples of unborn in a Sentence

a home entertainment system that can be adapted for products as yet unborn

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Opponents view it as a betrayal of Ireland's commitment to protect the unborn in the largely Roman Catholic country. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Abortion referendum in Ireland likely to result in repeal of ban, exit polls suggest," 26 May 2018 Some science even posits that this is a good thing for unborn children. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Being Mommy-Shamed and She Hasn't Even Given Birth Yet," 12 Dec. 2018 Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson, who is defending the law for the state, argued that protecting unborn life is a state interest of the highest order. CBS News, "Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortions," 29 June 2018 But antiabortion activists argue the constitution is correct to uphold the sanctity of unborn life and say the government has twisted the debate by highlighting cases such as Halappanavar's. Ruairi Casey, latimes.com, "Ireland is voting on whether to lift its abortion ban — and the fight has been bitter," 24 May 2018 Next summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders, in which followers of cult leader Charles Manson killed actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others in her home in Los Angeles. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Guide to All the Charles Manson and Sharon Tate Movies Coming Out This Year," 26 Sep. 2018 Those high school students in Florida had a right to live, yes, but what about the lives of millions of unborn taken in abortions? John Kass, Anchorage Daily News, "After Florida, politics and the clash of death cultures," 22 Feb. 2018 The gender of her unborn child was a mystery to everyone, though the singer had an idea. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Harry Styles Helps Fan Come Out at San Jose Show," 12 July 2018 Both the woman and her unborn child were pronounced dead at the scene. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Pregnant woman killed in hit-and-run, police seeking driver," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of unborn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unborn was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unborn

: not yet born


un·​born | \ ˌən-ˈbȯrn \

Kids Definition of unborn

: not yet born


un·​born | \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn \

Medical Definition of unborn

: not yet born : existing in utero unborn children

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