un·​born | \ ˌən-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce unborn (audio) \

Definition of unborn

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

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Examples of unborn in a Sentence

a home entertainment system that can be adapted for products as yet unborn
Recent Examples on the Web So far, the LA County De​partment of Medical Examiner-Coroner has identified 23-year-old Asherey Ryan and her unborn son as victims. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Last July Dineen was 33 weeks pregnant when a fetal MRI indicated that her unborn son had suffered a catastrophic stroke. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2022 For instance, a pregnant Texas woman pulled over earlier this month for driving in a high-occupancy vehicle lane argued that her unborn baby should count as a second person, citing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 26 July 2022 Alex said the original plan was that Mel's unborn baby was going to be Mark's biological child. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 24 July 2022 For instance, earlier this month a pregnant Texas woman who was pulled over for driving in a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane argued that her unborn baby should count as a second person, citing the Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Wade. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 19 July 2022 Accounts vary of what Taylor said during her checkup, but medical professionals who suspected her actions were an effort to harm her unborn baby called the police. Holly Thomas, CNN, 1 June 2022 Doctors were able to save her, but not her unborn baby. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 27 May 2022 Alyssa Augusto, a 28-year-old PKU patient, knows the formula scarcity affects both her and her unborn baby. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unborn

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

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11 Aug 2022

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“Unborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unborn. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unborn


un·​born | \ ˌən-ˈbȯrn How to pronounce unborn (audio) \

Kids Definition of unborn

: not yet born


un·​born | \ -ˈbȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce unborn (audio) \

Medical Definition of unborn

: not yet born : existing in utero unborn children

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