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
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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
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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.
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