from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. While coming into being or being created: "Our own revolutionary war almost died aborning through lack of popular support” ( William Randolph Hearst, Jr.)
  • adj. Coming into being or being created.

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  • v. Present participle of aborn.


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a- (“in the act of”) +‎ born + -ing


  • Fortunately, the bill died aborning, yet another scratch for a man with one of the Senate's thinnest records of legislative accomplishment.

    Jed Horne: Senator Vitter Discovers Adam Smith

  • My main point was that it's far more than "some Dems" who have forsaken the True Path - It's the majority, or this foolishness would have died aborning.

    Lents Park on a late spring evening: beautiful (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Politically, this same self-reliance drives young people into Unparties — outside-the-box movements such as the "Tea Party" (on the right) and the aborning "Coffee Party" (on the center-left).

    Millennials do faith and politics their way

  • Just as Edmund Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (1790) predicted a dire fate for the mass insurrection then aborning, Mr. Caldwell looks with alarm at Europe's continuing rejection of itself.


  • He told Derrick the same thing he had said to Trist: He must treat his assignment with absolute secrecy, lest the entire enterprise die aborning.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • As for the United Nations, Roosevelt viewed it, in Mr. Terzian's words, as an "instrument of American leadership," however internationalist Roosevelt's rhetoric might have been as the U.N. was aborning in his last years.

    An Empire State of Mind

  • And, actually, I hear from a fair number of would-be authors who feel about their aborning books something in the neighborhood of what this woman feels about hers: that God/the cosmos has put the writing of their book on their heart, and that once it is finished, the stars will properly align, and their book will become the bestseller it was always destined to be.

    John Shore: Why You Want a Big Book Publisher to Reject Your Book

  • Obviously a scenario far more terrifying than nail clippers to the TSAers: a viral YouTube video could be aborning.

    Michael Jones: Baa Baa Baa

  • Weak countries can afford to deal with only the greatest or nearest of them, but strong countries can look further afield to head off dangers still aborning.

    How Wars end

  • He may be deluded, but it seems clear that a new reality is aborning in Iraq, and that is good news, indeed.

    Today in Iraq - Swampland -


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  • "In universities at least as much as anywhere else, vast floods of words pour forth to no useful end. Nothing would be lost if they had died aborning."

    - Loren Lomasky, 'Talking the talk: Have universities lost sight of why they exist?', Reason, May 2001.

    March 5, 2009

  • I've never heard this one, but I like it.

    July 11, 2007

  • Nice word! It has not come to mind for a long time--thank you, Jword.

    July 10, 2007