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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
1590-1600
1590-1600; still1 + born
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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.

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