Definition of stillborn in English:


Syllabification: still·born
Pronunciation: /ˈstilˌbôrn


  • 1(Of an infant) born dead.
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    • We did not approach women whose babies were stillborn or died as neonates.
    • This Mass will be of particular interest to parents of stillborn infants of babies who died shortly after birth.
    • The doctor also showed me the book of horrors kept by the medical staff - photographs of the grotesque, mis-shapen, stillborn children born in the hospital.
  • 1.1(Of a proposal or plan) having failed to develop or succeed; unrealized: the proposed wealth tax was stillborn
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    • His stillborn plans for regional mini-parliaments in Yorkshire and across England were yesterday savaged by an influential group of MPs.
    • And his thrashing of the first six stillborn proposals is right, but late.
    • But the problem is how to revitalize a stillborn plan, how to find enough lawmakers to join and whether the incentives offered to them will be enough.

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