from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Coming into existence; emerging: "the moral shock of our nascent imperialism” ( Richard Hofstadter).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Emerging; just coming into existence.
  • adj. Of the state of an element at the time it is generated from some compound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being.
  • adj. Evolving; being evolved or produced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beginning to exist or to grow; commencing development; coming into being; incipient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being born or beginning


Latin nāscēns, nāscent-, present participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nascēns, present participle of nascor ("I am born"). (Wiktionary)



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