• (Especially of a process or organization) Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.

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Example Sentences

“My nascent romance has signs of developing into a long-term relationship.” 

“The fourth-grade basketball team’s nascent passing skills have a lot of room for improvement.”

“While the nascent product hasn’t yet been tested, we have high hopes for its future impact.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Nascent” sprouted from a Latin word meaning “to be born.” Several other English words share the same origin, including “native” and “natal.” The distinguishing factor in the usage of “natal” versus other adjectives that signify newness is the potential to develop into something bigger. Someone with a nascent interest in a skill is probably just getting started learning its ins and outs, but there’s also an intent of moving up to the next level. Starting a nascent career as an intern, for example, is an excellent way to work your way up.

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