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genesis

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noun, gen·e·sis \ˈje-nə-səs\

Simple Definition of genesis

  • : the beginning of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of genesis

plural genesesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  the origin or coming into being of something <the genesis of a new political movement>

Examples of genesis in a sentence

  1. a book about the genesis of the civil rights movement

  2. <was present at the meeting which was later considered the genesis of the new political movement>



Origin of genesis

Latin, from Greek, from gignesthai to be born — more at kin


First Known Use: circa 1604


Genesis

noun gen·e·sis

Definition of Genesis

  1. :  the mainly narrative first book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scriptures — see bible table



Origin of genesis

Greek


First Known Use: before 12th century


Medical Dictionary

genesis

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noun gen·e·sis \ˈjen-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of genesis

plural geneses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  the origin or coming into being of something :  the process or mode of origin





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