Definition of recent in English:


Line breaks: re¦cent
Pronunciation: /ˈriːs(ə)nt


  • 2 (Recent) Geology another term for Holocene.
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    • In general, species richness in the Miocene and Pliocene was high whereas Pleistocene and Recent diversity is very low.
    • All four larger Recent families of Stromboidea are represented in Cenozoic strata from Chile.
    • Diversity patterns in Recent and fossil tropical American mollusks have been the focus of considerable debate.


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  • The Holocene epoch.



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  • Among these contributors will be some of the movers and shakers of criminology in the coming years: and the sharpness and recency of their experience can be expected to resonate with those of the generation to come.
  • We then computed a recency of use measure by subtracting the difference between the respondent's actual age and the age he or she last reported any use of a particular substance.
  • Because of the relative recency of Internet forums for intellectual interchanges, a number of precedents may be set that will determine the future course of peer commentary.


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  • The most recent version was published in 2002, but don't let that recentness fool you - a good few months ago, when I remembered having read a much older version, I decided to try and seek out a copy.
  • First-years will identify with the recentness of the ordeal, and everyone else can simply be thankful that their orientation is far behind them, and now it is a new class's turn to suffer.
  • It is a significant sign of the recentness of ‘Chinese nationalism’ that this curious situation bothered very few people until about 110 years ago.


late Middle English (in the sense 'fresh'): from Latin recens, recent- or French récent.

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