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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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  • May he who is unborn be the sad announcer of your departure hence!

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • 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
  • His son, then unborn, is now a successful broker in a great city.

  • It seems, for the time, to inherit all that has yet existed and to dictate to the unborn.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Many remarkable instances have been collected of the power of imagination over the unborn offspring.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
British Dictionary definitions for unborn


not yet born or brought to birth
still to come in the future: the unborn world
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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.

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