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Saturday, December 15, 2001


\NAS-uhnt; NAY-suhnt\ , adjective;
Beginning to exist or having recently come into existence; coming into being.
But there are other nascent technologies that are widely predicted to play a major part in moving the world from a dependence on oil, nuclear energy and coal.
-- "Out of thin air", The Guardian, October 31, 2001
By the time that John D. Rockefeller was born in 1839, Richford was acquiring the amenities of a small town. It had some nascent industries . . . plus a schoolhouse and a church.
-- Ron Chernow, TitanThe Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
This surprising success prompted several other companies to enter this nascent market.
-- Ted Gioia, The History of Jazz
Nascent comes from Latin nascens, "being born," present participle of nasci, "to be born."
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