Etymology
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stillborn (adj.)

1590s, from still (adj.) + born. As a noun from 1913; still (n.) in this sense is attested from 1863 in undertaker's slang."

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Definitions of stillborn

stillborn (adj.)
failing to accomplish an intended result;
a stillborn plot to assassinate the President
Synonyms: abortive / unsuccessful
stillborn (adj.)
(of newborn infant) showing no signs of life at birth; not liveborn;
a stillborn baby
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