1. beginning to exist or develop: That nascent republic is holding its first election this month.
  2. Chemistry. (of an element) in the nascent state.


  1. starting to grow or develop; being born
  2. chem (of an element or simple compound, esp hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity

adj.1620s, from Latin nascentem (nominative nascens) “arising young, immature,” present participle of nasci “to be born” (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Related: Nascence (1560s); nascency. adj.

  1. Coming into existence; emerging.
  2. Of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds.

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