adjective na·scent \ˈna-sənt, ˈnā-\

: beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

Full Definition of NASCENT

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

Examples of NASCENT

  1. The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.
  2. <one of the leading figures in the nascent civil-rights movement>
  3. 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

Origin of NASCENT

Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at nation
First Known Use: circa 1624


adjective na·scent \ˈnas-ənt, ˈnās-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NASCENT

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