coming into view or notice; issuing.
emerging; rising from a liquid or other surrounding medium.
coming into existence, especially with political independence: the emergent nations of Africa.
arising casually or unexpectedly.
calling for immediate action; urgent.
Evolution. displaying emergence.
Ecology. an aquatic plant having its stem, leaves, etc., extending above the surface of the water.
- e·mer·gent·ly, adverb
- e·mer·gent·ness, noun
- non·e·mer·gent, adjective
- re·e·mer·gent, adjective
- un·e·mer·gent, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use emergent in a sentence
Uh, and that’s where some of the challenges and our understanding of what healthy public organization means is still emergent for us to be able to boil it down into these simple metrics.
We brought a diverse group of people together to review these trends and emergent issues and develop scenarios of what the future could look like.Why We Need a Collective Vision to Design the Future of Health | Abner Mason | November 11, 2020 | Singularity Hub
There’s a growing list of experimental biologists who are interested in these kinds of emergent adaptive behaviors in biological systems.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers | Michael Brooks | October 21, 2020 | Nautilus
If this account is correct, then short-termism is an emergent property of the cultural, economic, and technological moment.Humanity is stuck in short-term thinking. Here’s how we escape. | Katie McLean | October 21, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Artifacts reflect culture, and cultural complexity is an emergent property.When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence | Nick Longrich | October 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
British Dictionary definitions for emergent
coming into being or notice: an emergent political structure
(of a nation) recently independent
an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
- emergently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for emergent
Rooted below a body of water or in an area that is periodically submerged but extending above the water level. Used of aquatic plants such as cattails, rushes, or cord grass.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.