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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
In all the early chaos, a thousand Plutos may have formed in the distant part of the solar system where Neptune orbits today, including a nascent Ceres.
Newcastle next week face a trip to Burnley, who are one place below them in the nascent league table after a 3-0 defeat against a rampant Manchester City on Saturday.
Israeli firms and kibbutzim hope to make inroads into the nascent market for regulated and mass-produced medical cannabis products.
The nascent movement to impose taxes on sweetened drinks, which has encountered passionate opposition in the Philadelphia region and elsewhere, is about to undergo a major test in the Chicago area.
In a boost to its nascent smartphone business, Google struck a deal with HTC in which 2,000 people who work on R&D at the Taiwanese smartphone company will be transferred to Google.
The movement is still nascent, so the ultimate effects of the effort are yet to be seen.
The three joined forces and turned the nascent project into an online resource for LGBTQ worshipers.
As Waymo inches ever closer to commercializing autonomous technology and Intel seeks greater prominence in this nascent market, the two companies have now disclosed their longtime partnership.
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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.
Synonymsaborning, budding, inceptive, inchoate, incipient
Antonymsadult, full-blown, full-fledged, mature, ripe, ripened
Related Wordsfirst, formative, inaugural, inchoative, initial, original; elementary, embryonic, fundamental, rudimentary; formless, incoherent; introductory, preliminary, preparatory; crude, primitive, rude
Near Antonymsadvanced, developed, evolved, high, higher, improved, refined
NASCENT Defined for English Language Learners
medical Definition of nascent
- nascent polypeptide chains
- nascent hydrogen
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