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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stillborn mean? 

STILLBORN (adjective)
  The adjective STILLBORN has 2 senses:

1. failing to accomplish an intended result
2. (of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn

  Familiarity information: STILLBORN used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

STILLBORN (adjective)

Sense 1stillborn [BACK TO TOP]


Failing to accomplish an intended result


abortive; stillborn; unsuccessful

Context examples:

an abortive revolt / a stillborn plot to assassinate the President


unfruitful (not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production)

Sense 2stillborn [BACK TO TOP]


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

Context example:

a stillborn baby


dead (no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life)

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