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emergent

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adjective emer·gent \i-ˈmər-jənt\

Definition of emergent

  1. 1a :  arising unexpectedlyb :  calling for prompt action :  urgent emergent danger

  2. 2a :  rising out of or as if out of a fluid emergent coastal islandsb :  rooted in shallow water and having most of its vegetative growth above water an emergent plant

  3. 3 :  arising as a natural or logical consequence

  4. 4 :  newly formed or prominent emergent nations

Examples of emergent in a Sentence

  1. since it was not seen as an emergent problem, it was continually put off

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Origin and Etymology of emergent

Middle English, from Latin emergent-, emergens, present participle of emergere


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emergent

noun emer·gent

Definition of emergent

  1. 1 :  something emergent

  2. 2a :  a tree that rises above the surrounding forestb :  an emergent plant

First Known Use of emergent

1620

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Medical Dictionary

emergent

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adjective emer·gent \i-ˈmər-jənt\

Medical Definition of emergent

  1. :  calling for prompt or urgent action an emergent condition in a hemophiliac



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