Word of the Day – Nascent

By June 19, 2019 Word of the Day

Nascent (adj)

na-sent

(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

Early 17th century from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from the verb nasci.

Example sentences

“We are seeing nascent political and economic reforms in recent years.”

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