Meaning of EMERGENT in English


I. -nt adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin emergent-, emergens, present participle of emergere to emerge — more at emerge

1. : emerging out of a fluid or something that covers or conceals : issuing forth : rising into notice

like the lovely goddess emergent from the waves

emergent coastal islands

the emergent vegetation along the shore

2. : suddenly appearing : arising unexpectedly ; often : calling for prompt action : urgent

emergent danger

an emergent state in a hemophiliac

3. : arising as a natural or logical consequence or outcome

political issues emergent from war

4. : appearing as or involving the appearance of something novel in a process of evolution — compare emergent evolution

• emer·gent·ly adverb

II. noun

( -s )

1. obsolete : emergency

2. : an emergent quality, character, or individual

3. : a plant (as a tall tree with its crown above the level of the forest) that emerges from its substrate ; especially : any of various plants (as a bulrush) rooted in shallow water and having most of the vegetative growth above water

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