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

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  • The mystery indeed in which her nascent love had wrapped him had dropped away.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Freneau succeeded admirably in voicing the opinions of the nascent party.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • All his nascent intellectual powers were alive and clamorous.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • And it is his own hand which has done most to break the nascent slowly-forming tie.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • The impulses which it obeys are all new; and it obeys them with its own nascent plasticity of temper.

British Dictionary definitions for nascent



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 nascent

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

nascent in Medicine


[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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