Adjective > Nascent

Adjective – Nascent

The word “nascent” comes from a Latin one meaning “to be born.”

Nascent things seem to be in the process of being born: they’re brand new, or just now developing.

Part of speech:
It’s an adjective: “a nascent industry,” “the movement was still nascent.”

Other forms:
The adverb is “nascently.” For a noun, pick “nascence” or “nascency.”

how to use it:
Nascent” often has a positive tone.

Because it’s much rarer than words like “emergent,” “budding,” and “pioneering,” it’s perfect when you need to be formal and emphatic. (But when you need to be very formal and emphatic, pick its dressier twin sister, naissant.)

Talk about nascent hopes, efforts, activities, projects, movements, revolutions, technologies, industries, etc.

Or, say that something is in a nascent stage, state, or period of development.

“So-called clean meat, which is genuine meat grown from cells outside the animal, is still at a nascent stage.”
— Reuters, 29 January 2020

“She bore in her arms an enormous bunch of flowers and leaves which she spread out upon the bed. The first perfumes of the nascent springtime spread through the room.”
— Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, The Cabin, 1917