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

  • n. The premature expulsion of a nonviable fetus from the uterus. Also called spontaneous abortion.
  • n. Bad administration; mismanagement.
  • n. A failure of administration or management: a miscarriage of justice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Unfortunate event or issue of an undertaking; failure to attain a proper or desired result or reach a destination.
  • n. Ill conduct; evil or improper behavior.
  • n. The act of bringing forth a child before the time it is viable; a premature birth, resulting in death of the fetus; spontaneous abortion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A going wrong; failure of a purposed result; untoward event; mischance: as. the criminal escaped by miscarriage of justice.
  • n. A wrong or perverse course, as of conduct; improper action or behavior; misdemeanor.
  • n. In pathology, the act of miscarrying (see miscarry, v. i., 3); properly, untimely delivery before the twenty-eighth week of gestation. See abortion, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a natural loss of the products of conception
  • n. failure of a plan

Etymologies

From mis- +‎ carriage. (Wiktionary)

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