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Definition developing after just having come into existence

In chemistry, nascent describes a substance just developed and highly reactive.
  • Our organization supports nascent democracy movements around the world.
  • a nascent insurgency
  • Had his nascent desire for Dede been less, he might well have been frightened out of all thought of her.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • His beard was still in its infancy; and nascent lines of whisker traced their modest way sparely down his cheeks.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  No Name
  • But in spite of his meekness and lowliness, I fancied I caught the first note of a nascent bitterness in him when he said:
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • I can soar above the nascent cities
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • The rooms wherein dozens of infants had wailed at their nursing now resounded with the tapping of nascent chicks.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • the nascent chicks
  • He didn't have the money to fix it, which slowed the nascent romance.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The rest of her expressions were growing back in a nascent stubble.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The McKiscos had been invited to sit at the captain's table but with nascent snobbery they told Dick that they "couldn't stand that bunch."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Alan loved the man, and loved the boat, and the canal, and this nascent city.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Despite obvious differences, this is a nascent moment when their interests are identical: get settled, be friends.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Tossing her cigar aside, the hag gripped the table and seemed to swell like some nascent geological disaster.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Finally an association with the nascent western gambling interests.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • They had a nascent space program and a fully developed, albeit primitive, information distribution system.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But her nascent love inflamed her sense of beauty, and she would never forget that music.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The rooms wherein dozens of infants had wailed at their nursing now resounded with the tapping of nascent chicks.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • 's decades of dealing with the Templars that one of them had shown even a nascent sense of humour.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The men became excited and cranedto get a better look, and indeed, the heavily forested area appeared as though it could shelter a nascent guerrilla force.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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