of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events; a recent trip.
not long past: in recent years.
of or belonging to a time not long past.
(initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter half of the Quaternary Period; Holocene. See table under geologic time.
Also called Holocene. (initial capital letter) Geology. the Recent Epoch or Series.

1525–35; < Latin recent- (stem of recēns) fresh, new

recency, recentness, noun
recently, adverb
quasi-recent, adjective
quasi-recently, adverb

1. fresh, new. See modern.

1. early, old. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
recent (ˈriːsənt)
having appeared, happened, or been made not long ago; modern, fresh, or new
[C16: from Latin recens fresh; related to Greek kainos new]

Recent (ˈriːsənt)
adj, —n
geology another word for Holocene

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Word Origin & History

1533, from L. recentem (nom. recens) "lately done or made, new, fresh," from re- + PIE base *ken- "fresh, new, young" (cf. Gk. kainos "new;" Skt. kanina- "young;" O.Ir. cetu- "first;" O.C.S. na-cino "to begin," koni "beginning.").
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Example sentences
So sometimes stability is a sign of antiquity, while diversity is a sign of recency.
The recency bias convinces us that whatever the markets have been doing of late will continue.
Some aspects of our history are of comparative recency.
Cluster recency feature brings moderate performance gain.
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