[ nas-uh nt, ney-suh nt ]
/ ˈnæs ənt, ˈneɪ sənt /


beginning to exist or develop: That nascent republic is holding its first election this month.
Chemistry. (of an element) in the nascent state.

Nearby words

  1. nasby,
  2. nasby, petroleum v.,
  3. nasca,
  4. nascar,
  5. nascar dad,
  6. nascent state,
  7. nascimento, edson arantes do,
  8. nasd,
  9. nasdaq,
  10. naseberry

Origin of nascent

1615–25; < Latin nāscent- (stem of nāscēns), present participle of nāscī to be born, arise, equivalent to nā(tus) born (variant of gnātus) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent

Related formsnas·cence, nas·cen·cy, nounun·nas·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nascence


/ (ˈnæsənt, ˈneɪ-) /


starting to grow or develop; being born
chem (of an element or simple compound, esp hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity
Derived Formsnascence or nascency, noun

Word Origin for nascent

C17: from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born

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Word Origin and History for nascence



1620s, from Latin nascentem (nominative nascens) "arising young, immature," present participle of nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Related: Nascence (1560s); nascency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nascence


[ năsənt, nāsənt ]


Coming into existence; emerging.
Of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds.
Related formsnascen•cy n.

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