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 Allow the woman to hear the fetal heartbeat and explain the location of the unborn child within the uterus. Natalie Allison, USA TODAY, "Tennessee legislature passes fetal heartbeat bill, ban on abortions for Down syndrome," 20 June 2020 Zuckerberg has made public his efforts to learn Mandarin, taken jogs through the Beijing smog, recommended Xi Jinping's book to his employees, and even asked the Chinese leader to help name his unborn daughter. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Zoom’s censorship stumble is a familiar narrative for tech stuck between U.S. and Beijing," 12 June 2020 The charges against Fernando Salinas, 40, range from first-degree reckless homicide of an unborn child to possession with intent to distribute THC, setting him up for a max of 132 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Charges filed in crash that killed unborn child; police chase under review by MPD," 10 June 2020 Authorities did not provide an update on the condition of the unborn child. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Three CHP officers fired shots in killing of Erik Salgado after he rammed officer vehicles, police say," 9 June 2020 Turner was still alive when a member of the mob split her abdomen open with a knife and her unborn child fell on the ground. National Geographic, "‘It was a modern-day lynching’: Violent deaths reflect a brutal American legacy," 4 June 2020 An unborn child carried by a 25-year-old Milwaukee woman was killed after a police chase lead to a car crash on Milwaukee’s north side Monday evening. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police chase leads to car crash, killing bystander's unborn child," 2 June 2020 And the pregnant health care worker who is faced with balancing the needs of her unborn child, and the needs of her patients. Pooja Lakshmin, New York Times, "Experts Fear Increase in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders," 27 May 2020 The Desousa family gathered at a relative’s home on Staten Island Tuesday and struggled to comprehend what had led to the deaths of Ms. Desousa, Mr. Rodriguez and their unborn child. Edgar Sandoval, New York Times, "Pregnant Woman and Her Longtime Boyfriend Murdered in Home Invasion," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of unborn

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

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23 Jun 2020

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“Unborn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unborn. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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