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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abortive, stillborn, unsuccessfuladjective

    failing to accomplish an intended result

    "an abortive revolt"; "a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

  2. stillbornadjective

    (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn

    "a stillborn baby"


  1. stillbornadjective

    Dead at birth.

  2. stillbornadjective

    Ignored, without influence, or unsuccessful from the outset; abortive.

  3. Etymology: First attested 1597, from English still + born.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stillbornadjective

    Born lifeless; dead in the birth.

    Etymology: still and born.

    Grant that our hopes, yet likely of fair birth,
    Should be stillborn; and that we now possest
    The utmost man of expectation; we are
    A body strong enough to equal with the king. William Shakespeare.

    Many casualties were but matter of sense, as whether a child were abortive or stillborn. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    The pale assistants on each other star’d,
    With gaping mouths for issuing words prepar’d:
    The stillborn sounds upon the palate hung,
    And dy’d imperfect on the falt’ring tongue. Dryden.

    I know a trick to make you thrive;
    O, ’tis a quaint device!
    Your stillborn poems shall revive,
    And scorn to wrap up spice. Jonathan Swift.


  1. stillborn

    Stillbirth is typically defined as fetal death at or after 20 or 28 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the source.: Overview tab,  It results in a baby born without signs of life. A stillbirth can result in the feeling of guilt or grief in the mother. The term is in contrast to miscarriage, which is an early pregnancy loss, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, where the baby dies a short time after being born alive.Often the cause is unknown. Causes may include pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and birth complications, problems with the placenta or umbilical cord, birth defects, infections such as malaria and syphilis, and poor health in the mother.: Causes tab,  Risk factors include a mother's age over 35, smoking, drug use, use of assisted reproductive technology, and first pregnancy. Stillbirth may be suspected when no fetal movement is felt. Confirmation is by ultrasound.Worldwide prevention of most stillbirths is possible with improved health systems.: Overview tab,  Around half of stillbirths occur during childbirth, with this being more common in the developing than developed world.: Info panel,  Otherwise, depending on how far along the pregnancy is, medications may be used to start labor or a type of surgery known as dilation and evacuation may be carried out. Following a stillbirth, people are at higher risk of another one; however, most subsequent pregnancies do not have similar problems. Depression, financial loss, and family breakdown are known complications.Worldwide in 2019, there were an estimated 2.0 million stillbirths that occurred after 28 weeks of pregnancy (about 1 for every 72 births). They occur most commonly in low income settings, particularly the Middle east and Sub-Saharan Africa.: Info panel,  In the United States, for every 167 births there is one stillbirth. Stillbirth rates have declined, though more slowly since the 2000s.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stillbornadjective

    dead at the birth; as, a stillborn child

  2. Stillbornadjective

    fig.: Abortive; as, a stillborn poem


  1. Stillborn

    Stillborn is the third full length studio album by Florida death metal band Malevolent Creation. It was released in 1993 on Roadrunner Records.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stillborn in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stillborn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stillborn in a Sentence

  1. Christina DePino:

    My doctor explained that while not all the reasons are understood, after 37 weeks, patients with ICP are at a very high risk of having a stillborn. He also explained that induction was still my choice, as it is possible to carry a baby to full term and not have a stillborn.

  2. James Brown:

    I was stillborn. The midwives laid me aside, thought I was really gone. I laid there about an hour, and they picked me back up and tried again, 'cause my body was still warm. The Good Lord brought me back.

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