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stillborn

[ stil-bawrn ]
/ ˈstɪlˌbɔrn /
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adjective
dead when born.
ineffectual from the beginning; abortive; fruitless: a stillborn plan of escape.
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Origin of stillborn

First recorded in 1590–1600; still1 + born
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British Dictionary definitions for stillborn

stillborn
/ (ˈstɪlˌbɔːn) /

adjective
(of a fetus) dead at birth
(of an idea, plan, etc) fruitless; abortive; unsuccessful
noun
a stillborn fetus or baby
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Medical definitions for stillborn

stillborn
[ stĭlbôrn′ ]

adj.
Dead at birth.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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