[nas-uh nt, ney-suh nt]
- beginning to exist or develop: That nascent republic is holding its first election this month.
- Chemistry. (of an element) in the nascent state.
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
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Related Words for nascenceorigin, commencement, dawning, start, spring, rise, outset, genesis, onset, inception, fountainhead, source, nascency, dawn, beginning, emergence, opening
- 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
Word Origin for nascent
C17: from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born
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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.
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- 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.
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