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Examples of nascent in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- 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
The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.
one of the leading figures in the nascent civil-rights movement
Recent Examples of nascent from the Web
There have been starts when Romano didn’t need his nascent change-up, relying only on his fastball and breaking ball.
By high school Rivas was game for anything that smacked of math or science, including a club for nascent engineers.
The DC-3 was born into a still-nascent commercial air travel industry—and traveling by air was much riskier and arduous before the DC-3 came along.
Even though many Cuban cuentapropistas (the self-employed) had hoped for an expansion of permissible business activities, the restaurant closures are a cautionary tale for others in Cuba’s nascent private sector.
But there are nascent plans for some kind of H&H retail.
As qualifying ended Friday (July 14), the nascent race began to coalesce around three major candidates: Former state judge Michael Bagneris, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former municipal judge Desiree Charbonnet.
The premium partly reflects a nascent revival in OOCL’s fortunes: revenues increased by 6.4% in the first quarter compared with a year earlier (see chart).
Born in Kentucky, but having lived most her nascent years in La Crescenta (in one of LA's many valleys), 24-year-old Tinashe is an old school triple threat with an ear for futuristic urban earworms.
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The Origin of nascent
Nascent comes from "nascens," the present participle of the Latin verb nasci, which means "to be born." It is a relative newcomer to the collection of English words that derive from that Latin verb. In fact, when the word nascent was itself a newborn, in the first quarter of the 17th century, other "nasci" offspring were already respectably mature. "Nation," "native," and "nature" had been around since the 1300s; "innate" and "natal," since the 1400s. More recently, we picked up some French descendants of "nasci": "née" in the 1700s and "Renaissance" in the 1800s. Our newest "nasci" word? It may well be "perinatology," which was first used in the late 1960s to name the specialized branch of medicine concerned with childbirth.
Synonymsaborning, budding, inceptive, inchoate, incipient
Antonymsadult, full-blown, full-fledged, mature, ripe, ripened
Related Wordsfirst, formative, inaugural, inchoative, initial, original; elementary, embryonic, fundamental, rudimentary; formless, incoherent; introductory, preliminary, preparatory; crude, primitive, rude
Near Antonymsadvanced, developed, evolved, high, higher, improved, refined
NASCENT Defined for English Language Learners
medical Definition of nascent
- nascent polypeptide chains
- nascent hydrogen
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