nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈna-sᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnā- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

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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Warren's plan is the latest challenge thrown at the companies in the still nascent Democratic primary. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elizabeth Warren Calls to Break Up Amazon, Facebook, and Google," 8 Mar. 2019 Microsoft is trying to elbow its way atop a nascent industry analysts believe will explode in the next decade. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019 Still, in Hema’s nascent stages, Mr. Zhang kept his new project a secret from Mr. Ma for almost two years, according to one of the people familiar with Mr. Zhang. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Next Chairman, Fancies Himself a Free Spirit," 10 Sep. 2018 Chouinard befriended Capelli and began to support his work, giving free office space to his nascent organization, Friends of the Ventura River, and helping to fend off several more attempts to develop the river. Author: David Gelles, Anchorage Daily News, "Patagonia v. Trump: Inside a battle over public lands," 6 May 2018 The incident comes at a critical time for the nascent robot delivery industry. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 Biograph had come west, and the epicenter of the nascent movie industry had come with it. * * * Gary Krist has written for the New York Times, Esquire, Salon, the Washington Post Book World, and elsewhere. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 Data on the industry, and particularly the nascent VR arcade industry, is difficult to pin down. Tristan Ettleman, azcentral, "VR arcades in metro Phoenix offer cheaper ways to try virtual reality technology," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of nascent

formal : beginning to exist : recently formed or developed

nascent

adjective
na·​scent | \ ˈnas-ᵊnt How to pronounce nascent (audio) , ˈnās- How to pronounce nascent (audio) \

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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