9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for unborn
  • Advances in genetic screening are opening a new window on the genetic fate of the unborn.
  • She takes control of the farm and even acquires an unborn horse in a coin-toss.
  • And there was no longer much dispute about whether the unborn subject was alive.
  • Now they will be motivated to find a way to hook up electrodes to the unborn to see if they get the same reaction.
  • It is better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of misfortune.
  • It is better to be unborn than untaught: for ignorance is the root of misfortune.
  • Such cold blooded and sinful genocide of the unborn cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.
  • It leads to higher utility right now, but it would be wrong to impose the opportunity costs on the unborn.
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for unborn

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unborn

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with unborn

Nearby words for unborn