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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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 Nor does the holding in Roe v. Wade follow, because there the police power may very well be protecting the rights of unborn children. WSJ, "Correcting the Record on Judicial Activism," 9 July 2018 The arrest report doesn't record Blanc spending any words on his unborn child. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He admitted killing his wife and her father, cops say. He didn't mention the unborn baby," 5 July 2018 In a statement, Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña said the bones were found at a park being built near the site of a memorial for the women and unborn child found buried on West Mesa. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Discovery near mass gravesite leads to fears of more victims in unsolved serial killings," 4 July 2018 Add the killing of his unborn child to the homicide charges Cassandritz Blanc is facing. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Grand jury indicts man on murder charge in death of his unborn child," 4 July 2018 In mid-2014, when the young man was studying at Columbia, one of his sisters — seven months pregnant at the time — came down with an illness that ultimately killed her and her unborn child. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "A Second Chance for an Ivy League ISIS Recruit," 28 June 2018 On June 29, 1992, Justice Kennedy read the decision he will be remembered for in pro-life circles, the one that reaffirmed the core principles of Roe and shot down any hope that unborn children would find protection under the Constitution. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Justice Anthony Kennedy was 'Catholic conservatives' worst nightmare' on the Supreme Court | Christine Flowers," 28 June 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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alleviating pain or harshness

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