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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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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Keilin Umana, a 21-year-old who is two months pregnant, said she was moved to migrate to save herself and her unborn child after she was threatened with death. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 By Air lanyard, of Waffle, the unborn baby Frost and his wife are expecting in July. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kerwin Frost, Fashion’s Funniest Man, Has Serious Street Style," 18 Jan. 2019 Authorities found the body of Tania Wise, 23, and her unborn son along a road in St. Lucie County on Aug. 26, the report said. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Married Florida man accused of killing girlfriend carrying his unborn baby, leaving her on side of road," 24 Sep. 2018 When my womb flickered with life and encircled my unborn son with a cocktail of favorable hormones? Ashley Abramson, Longreads, "A Motherless Daughter, Mothering," 11 May 2018 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

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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 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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