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[nas-uh nt, ney-suh nt] /ˈnæs ənt, ˈneɪ sənt/
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 (tus) born (variant of gnātus) + -sc- inchoative suffix + -ent- -ent
Related forms
nascence, nascency, noun
unnascent, adjective Unabridged
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  • For one truth-process completed there are a million in our lives that function in this state of nascency.

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British Dictionary definitions for nascency


/ˈnæsənt; ˈneɪ-/
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 Forms
nascence, nascency, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born
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Word Origin and History for nascency



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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nascency in Medicine

nascent nas·cent (nās'ənt, nā'sənt)

  1. Coming into existence; emerging.

  2. Of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds.

nas'cen·cy n.
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