Definition of nascent
: coming or having recently come into existence a nascent middle class her nascent singing career
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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
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.
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.
Before the break, a rift across the Larsen C ice shelf had extended more than 100 miles in length, and just a few miles of remaining ice connected the nascent iceberg to the shelf.
One reason Trump’s success in the 2016 election cycle came as such a shock is that his nascent political career was thought to have come to an abrupt and humiliating finish five years earlier.
The puppets are the works of Squallis Puppeteers, which have been part of many of the festivals since its nascent years.
JetBlue Airways and American have also adjusted either flight frequencies or aircraft types to better compete in the nascent market.
That meant the nascent Trump administration was dealing with a caretaker president, not someone with a clear mandate to make policy decisions.
The idea of using advanced statistics to drive decision-making in baseball was still in a nascent stage, at least publicly.
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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
1: coming or having recently come into existence : beginning to develop nascent polypeptide chains
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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