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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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 Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Scandalous Secret History of the Chateau Marmont," 24 May 2019 Friday’s vote repealed the Eighth Amendment to Ireland’s Constitution, which was added in 1983 and granted equal rights to unborn fetuses and amounted to an almost complete ban on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 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower Prince Harry (Mikey Day) films a video for his unborn child, during his and Meghan Markle’s baby shower at their Frogmore Estate. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "On SNL, BTS Performs, Lori Loughlin Is In Jail, and More of the Best Skits," 14 Apr. 2019 So Hilary, killing unborn human beings is ok with you? Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the Abortion Movie Unplanned Is Factually Incorrect," 16 Apr. 2019 The narrative, gently ebbing, then follows the lives of his widow, his then-unborn child and the nuns who daily leave their convent to tend to the sick and poor. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Paperback Picks: books by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tom Hanks and more," 11 Sep. 2018 Protecting the health and well-being of women and the unborn will always be a priority. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "JPSO seeking suspect in Old Metairie TCBY Yogurt robbery," 29 May 2018 The Eighth is the only inalienable right the unborn have to protect them from changes in government thinking. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Why Thousands of Irish Expats Are Flying Home to Vote in the Historic Abortion Referendum," 24 May 2018 First, videos surfaced that appeared to show Khloé's boyfriend (and the father of her then-unborn baby) cheating on her multiple times with multiple women over the course of her pregnancy. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Is Reportedly Not in "Denial" About the Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal," 25 Apr. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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