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
That said, some of the biggest names in the nascent organization are politicians long opposed to the Trump administration’s America First approach to world affairs.
The Florida Legislature could set rules for the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry in a special session June 7 to 9, just days before the convention takes place.
Last year, leading climate scientists, including Glen Peters, published a paper in the journal Science arguing that the nascent technology directs focus away from reducing overall emissions.
Amazon has dominated the nascent speaker market so far with its Echo offerings, which are controlled by the Alexa voice assistant.
After years of wage stagnation, some economists see nascent signs of change in Japan that may bring a breakout that’s big enough to produce winners and losers in the corporate world and fuel faster inflation for the whole economy.
Although 4DX has been around since 2009 and continues to add new theaters, the technology still feels somewhat nascent.
Private-sector investing in infrastructure is a nascent business in the United States, compared with countries like Canada and Australia.
Wang disagreed with Sha's emphasis on the non-China market ahead of the nascent, but exploding, Chinese market.
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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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