Definition of nascent in English:

nascent

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Pronunciation: /ˈnas(ə)nt
 
, ˈneɪ-/

adjective

  • 1(Especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential: the nascent space industry
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    • And there are signs of nascent political and economic reforms, albeit small, tentative ones.
    • The nascent signs of global recovery appear to augur well in this regard.
    • My point in all this is not that the nascent political process is pointless - quite the opposite.
  • 1.1 Chemistry (Chiefly of hydrogen) freshly generated in a reactive form.
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    • It is also the site of folding and modification of nascent protein chains and assembly of multisubunit complexes.
    • The nitriding process is based on the affinity of nascent nitrogen for iron and certain other. metallic elements.
    • Ozone also tends to be unstable and break down into dioxygen and nascent oxygen and to react readily with other substances.

Derivatives

nascence

noun

nascency

Pronunciation: /ˈnas(ə)nsi, ˈneɪ-/
noun

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin nascent- 'being born', from the verb nasci.

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