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[uhn-bawrn] /ʌnˈbɔrn/
not yet born; yet to come; future:
unborn generations.
not yet delivered; still existing in the mother's womb:
an unborn baby.
existing without birth or beginning.
Origin of unborn
before 900; Middle English; Old English unbornen. See un-1, born Unabridged
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  • But still Mary pined so, he feared for her health—for his own unborn offspring.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She had gone to Africa to save him—in order that he might fall in love with her then unborn child.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It seems, for the time, to inherit all that has yet existed and to dictate to the unborn.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Therefore the name of the father of my unborn child must never, never, never be disclosed.

  • Then there 317 were the secret responsibilities––the unborn responsibilities.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for unborn


not yet born or brought to birth
still to come in the future: the unborn world
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unborn

Old English unboren "not yet born; stillborn," from un- (1) "not" + born. Cf. Old Frisian unbern, Dutch ongeboren, Old High German ungiporan, German ungeboren.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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