[nas-uhnt, ney-suhnt]
beginning to exist or develop: the nascent republic.
Chemistry. (of an element) in the nascent state.

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

nascence, nascency, noun
unnascent, adjective Unabridged
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nascent (ˈnæsənt, ˈneɪ-)
1.  starting to grow or develop; being born
2.  chem (of an element or simple compound, esp hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity
[C17: from Latin nascēns present participle of nāscī to be born]

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Word Origin & History

1624, from L. nascentum (nom. nascens), prp. of nasci "to be born" (Old L. gnasci; see genus).
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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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Example sentences
Current theories suggest that the nascent moon could not support the internal
  dynamo necessary to create a magnetic field.
When the original article was published, crowdsourcing still constituted a
  nascent business model.
It was cold and rainy, and there was only so much I was willing to sacrifice
  for a nascent crush.
The world needs to give this nascent activity a helping hand.
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