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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
The Forbes profile on the 20-year-old’s nascent cosmetics business is an enthralling read.
Janus overturned Abood’s expectation, at a time when public-sector unionization was still nascent, that a distinction could reasonably be drawn between union spending on workplace matters and union spending on politicking.
At the age of 11, Bonenfant learned about the nascent Young Farmers Program at Clark Farm, an organic farming business in Carlisle that includes a CSA and produce stand.
To help the tribe with its nascent business, the Federal Aviation Administration paved the runway in 1997 and made other improvements to the airport.
Robert Klemko looked at the nascent business of Baker Mayfield ...
Those who fled or were pushed out by a nascent Israel in 1947-48 fomented much violence.
As the natural and machine-made fogs became indistinguishable from each other, Grizzly Bear spread their gospel, a nascent wave of classic rock, complete with impassioned singing and loud guitars.
But unlike old-world wine tourism, coffee tourism is nascent.
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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.
NASCENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nascent for English Language Learners
: beginning to exist : recently formed or developed
medical Definition of nascent
- nascent polypeptide chains
- nascent hydrogen
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