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Definition of "emergent" [e•mer•gent]

  • Coming into view, existence, or notice: emergent spring shoots; an emergent political leader. (adjective)
  • Emerging: emergent nations. (adjective)
  • Rising above a surrounding medium, especially a fluid. (adjective)
  • Arising or occurring unexpectedly: money laid aside for emergent contingencies. (adjective)
  • Demanding prompt action; urgent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "emergent" in a sentence
  • "China's position is best illustrated by an influential foreign policy advisor to Chinese leaders who requested an edit to the forum's communiqué: the phrase "emergent nations led by China" was to be changed to "emergent nations including China"."
  • "Purposely ignoring American Jews, Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants and many evangelicals-about 70 percent of religious Americans-Bloom focuses on the Mormons, the Southern Baptists and other made-in-America sects to tease out what he calls the emergent "American Religion.""
  • "What it does not recognize is the third case, which we call emergent strategy where a realized pattern was not expressly intended."