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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Infections of pregnant women can also harm the development of their unborn children—particularly by causing microcephaly, a smaller-than-normal head. The Economist, "Armed with smartphones, Colombians are taking on the local mozzies," 4 July 2019 Andrew Milonis, 46, is accused in the Mother’s Day 2017 crash that killed 29-year-old Jessica Foderingham and her unborn child, a girl who Foderingham and her husband planned to name Ayanna. Ramona Sentinel, "Trial starts in crash that killed pregnant woman," 3 July 2019 The fight was allegedly over the father of Jones’ unborn child, and police originally charged the shooter, Ebony Jemison, 23, for manslaughter. Tiffany Diane Tso, refinery29.com, "A Pregnant Woman Was Shot & Now She's Being Charged For Her Unborn Baby's Death," 28 June 2019 According to Reid, the fight started over the father of the unborn child. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Alabama Woman Loses Unborn Child After Being Shot In Stomach, Shooter Goes Free While She's Charged With Manslaughter," 27 June 2019 Nor are there any plans in place to provide government support for mothers coerced to give birth to said dependents under this law beyond the possibility of ordering fathers of the unborn to pay child support. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Two Republican Politicians In Georgia Literally Fist-Bumped After Banning Abortion," 16 May 2019 And Tyrion foolishly thought that calling out her unborn child during negotiations would've influenced her to surrender King's Landing to Daenerys Targaryen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lena Headey Says Cersei Was Supposed to Have a Miscarriage in Game of Thrones," 19 June 2019 Tate, her unborn child, and her friends Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and a visitor named Steve Parent would be the victims of brutal murders by members of Charles Manson's cult. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 Friday’s vote repealed the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution, which was added in 1983 and granted equal rights to unborn fetuses and amounted to an almost complete ban on abortions. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Abortion," 26 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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