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emergent

[ih-mur-juh nt] /ɪˈmɜr dʒənt/
adjective
1.
coming into view or notice; issuing.
2.
emerging; rising from a liquid or other surrounding medium.
3.
coming into existence, especially with political independence:
the emergent nations of Africa.
4.
arising casually or unexpectedly.
5.
calling for immediate action; urgent.
6.
Evolution. displaying emergence.
noun
7.
Ecology. an aquatic plant having its stem, leaves, etc., extending above the surface of the water.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ēmergent- (stem ofēmergēns) arising out of, present participle of ēmergere to emerge
Related forms
emergently, adverb
emergentness, noun
nonemergent, adjective
reemergent, adjective
unemergent, adjective
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  • But others are totally unexpected-another example of emergent properties.
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  • Thus, language acquisition is an example of an emergent behavior.
  • It learned how to fight or game the emergent regulatory system better than its rivals.
  • The bottom line is that the swine flu crisis is two emergent problems piled on top of one another.
  • Unlike many of the surrounding reefs, the emergent portion of the island-the dry land-is not pristine.
  • It emphasizes multimedia, beautiful graphics and emergent relationships.
  • Even if they stop safely in an emergent situation, how society can work until the reactors are recovered.
  • It has to be a system that allows for emergent behavior.
  • There are many emergent behaviors because of learning, and adoption of information.
British Dictionary definitions for emergent

emergent

/ɪˈmɜːdʒənt/
adjective
1.
coming into being or notice: an emergent political structure
2.
(of a nation) recently independent
noun
3.
an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
Derived Forms
emergently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for emergent
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin emergentem (nominative emergens), present participle of emergere (see emerge).

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emergent in Science
emergent
  (ĭ-mûr'jənt)   
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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