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STILLBORN

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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]

Meaning:

Failing to accomplish an intended result

Synonyms:

abortive; stillborn; unsuccessful

Context examples:

an abortive revolt / a stillborn plot to assassinate the President

Similar:

unfruitful (not fruitful; not conducive to abundant production)


Sense 2stillborn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

a stillborn baby

Similar:

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


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