Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for nascent
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The year 38 is marked in the history of the nascent Church by a much more important conquest.

  • All his nascent intellectual powers were alive and clamorous.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Another reason for the establishment of 'coloniae' may be found in the history of the dying Republic and nascent Empire.

    Ancient Town-Planning F. Haverfield
  • And it is his own hand which has done most to break the nascent slowly-forming tie.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • And I profited by the chance, for it was in Detroit that an audience first discovered that I had some nascent ability.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for nascent


/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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nascent

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
nascent 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for nascent

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nascent

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nascent