- of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.
- not long past: in recent years.
- of or belonging to a time not long past.
- (initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.
- Also called Holocene. (initial capital letter) Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.
Origin of recent
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Examples from the Web for recency
For owing to their recency the knowledge of them still remains distinct.
This is the natural consequence of recency of settlement and rapid increase.Daniel Webster for Young Americans
Can the law of effect be interpreted as an instance of the sub-law of recency?Psychology
Robert S. Woodworth
Japanese work has been severely criticized, but the recency of the introduction of the cotton industry must not be forgotten.
We may thus represent to the eye the recency of man's appearance, so far as at present known to science.The Meeting-Place of Geology and History
Sir John William Dawson
- having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new
- geology another word for Holocene
Word Origin and History for recency
early 15c., from Latin recentem (nominative recens) "lately done or made, new, fresh, young," from re- (see re-) + PIE root *ken- "fresh, new, young" (cf. Greek kainos "new;" Sanskrit kanina- "young;" Old Irish cetu- "first;" Old Church Slavonic načino "to begin," koni "beginning"). Related: Recently; recentness (1670s, but OED reports recency (1610s) was "Common in 19th c.").
- See Holocene.