Nascent and other Words for New

By Maeve Maddox

When I heard a man on the NPR Business News refer to a “new nascent industry,” my redundancy meter clicked.

The adjective nascent comes from a Latin verb meaning “to be born.” The English word means “about to be born or in the act of being born or brought forth.” In extended use it refers to something in the act or condition of coming into existence. The sense of “new” seems to be included in the word nascent:

In the 1980s, Mr. McMahon formed relationships with cable networks, helping a nascent MTV gain popularity through its wrestling programming.

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In chemistry, nascent describes the condition of an element at the instant it is set free from a combination in which it has previously existed.

Ozone also tends to be unstable and break down into dioxygen and nascent oxygen and to react readily with other substances.

A close synonym of nascent in some contexts is emergent:

Germany, Britain Lead Europe’s Nascent Economic Recovery

Spain’s emergent economic recovery brings renewed confidence to the rest of the eurozone

Both nascent and emergent are popular as company and product names:
Nascent Technologies
Nascent Solutions
Nascent Design
Emergent BioSolutions
Emergent Technologies
Emergent Game Technologies

Some more words to describe something in the process of just beginning:
budding
developing
growing
embryonic
incipient
young
fledgling
evolving
dawning
burgeoning

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