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stillborn

[stil-bawrn] /ˈstɪlˌbɔrn/
adjective
1.
dead when born.
2.
ineffectual from the beginning; abortive; fruitless:
a stillborn plan of escape.
Origin of stillborn
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; still1 + born
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  • Surely this enterprise was not to be stillborn after all the signs of life that it had shown.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • There is no problem in a stillborn babe, nor in a dead child.

  • The fate of the Savaii attempt I never heard; it seems to have been stillborn.

    A Footnote to History Robert Louis Stevenson
  • She is the mother of a stillborn child, whose body is to be thrown in the river.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • In short, the "American idea," government of the people by the people and for the people, would probably have been stillborn.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
British Dictionary definitions for stillborn

stillborn

/ˈstɪlˌbɔːn/
adjective
1.
(of a fetus) dead at birth
2.
(of an idea, plan, etc) fruitless; abortive; unsuccessful
noun
3.
a stillborn fetus or baby
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Word Origin and History for stillborn
adj.

1590s, from still (adj.) + born.

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stillborn in Medicine

stillborn still·born (stĭl'bôrn')
adj.
Dead at birth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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