- dead when born.
- ineffectual from the beginning; abortive; fruitless: a stillborn plan of escape.
Origin of stillborn
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Examples from the Web for stillborn
Another baby, stillborn, Huntsman told police, was also found.Utah’s Murderer Mom Is a Monster but She’s Not the First
April 16, 2014
After all, it was stillborn, never getting a chance to move from idea into action.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements
March 2, 2014
One day… Jenna Petro Antigo, Wisconsin Our baby, Amy, was stillborn 32 years ago, and we still think of her every day.
Anonymous Our daughter, Alyson, was stillborn at full term with no indication of any problems in 2008.
Her roommate had had a stillborn baby and my mother felt sad for her.
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.Moon-Face and Other Stories
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
- (of a fetus) dead at birth
- (of an idea, plan, etc) fruitless; abortive; unsuccessful
- a stillborn fetus or baby
Word Origin and History for stillborn
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Dead at birth.