nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈna-sᵊnt , ˈnā- \

Definition of nascent

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

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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.

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 antiquity, 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
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Recent Examples on the Web

Prince William, for his part, seems equally supportive of his daughter's nascent passion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Loves Olives, Clearly Has a Sophisticated Palette," 5 Feb. 2019 The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP," 4 Feb. 2019 At that point in time, Steinvorth worked as a translator after moving on from a nascent career as a ballerina. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 The nascent area of quantum information science presents a special opportunity for U.S. leadership. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Senators question nominees for DOE's science and clean-energy research wings," 27 June 2018 The nascent liberal crusade to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency claimed some modest victories this week, but the movement has a long way to go before ICE is put on ice. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "ICE on ice? Move to abolish ICE has a long way to go," 27 June 2018 Some of the murders are humiliating and bizarre, inspired by verses in Leviticus, and on top of this, the killers have ties to nascent Swedish Nazi organizations. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The largest corporate investment in the nascent VR industry, which will see 17,000 Oculus Go headsets sent to the company’s 4,700 US stores, offers a vision of the technological changes altering the retail landscape. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 Saudi Arabia has reportedly canceled a deal with the billionaire’s nascent hyperloop transportation company. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nascent

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nascent

Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

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nascent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nascent

formal : beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈnas-ᵊnt , ˈnās- \

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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