AskDefine | Define emergent

Dictionary Definition

emergent adj : coming into existence; "a nascent republic" [syn: emerging, nascent]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
  2. occurring unexpectedly or of an urgent nature.

Derived terms

  • emergent evolution Theory that some aspects are observable in a high-level view of a complex system but barely deducible from the description of its components.

Extensive Definition

Emergent usually refers to emergence, or its belief system emergentism.
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