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nascent

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adjective na·scent \ˈna-sənt, ˈnā-\

Simple Definition of nascent

  • : beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

Full Definition of nascent

  1. :  coming or having recently come into existence <a nascent middle class> <her nascent singing career>

Examples of nascent

  1. In the mid-'60s, Toronto was home to Yorkville, a gathering spot for draft resisters, a petri dish for a nascent coffeehouse and rock scene similar to the one developing in New York's Greenwich Village. —Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 27 June 1996

  2. It was almost 80 years ago that the Wright brothers from Ohio ventured to Kitty Hawk for the uplift its steady winds offered their nascent passion, airplanes. —Robert R. Yandle, Popular Photography, March 1993

  3. A few centuries late, when the nascent science of geology was gathering evidence for the earth's enormous anitiquity, some advocates of biblical literalism revived this old argument for our entire planet. —Stephen Jay Gould, Granta 16, Summer 1985

  4. The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.

  5. <one of the leading figures in the nascent civil-rights movement>



Origin of nascent

Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at nation


First Known Use: circa 1624


Medical Dictionary

nascent

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adjective na·scent \ˈnas-ənt, ˈnās-\

Medical Definition of nascent

  1. 1:  coming or having recently come into existence :  beginning to develop <nascent polypeptide chains>

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being an atom or substance at the moment of its formation usually with the implication of greater reactivity than otherwise <nascent hydrogen>





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