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Meaning of emergent

e•mer•gent

Pronunciation: (i-mûr'junt), [key]
— adj.
  1. coming into view or notice; issuing.
  2. emerging; rising from a liquid or other surrounding medium.
  3. coming into existence, esp. with political independence: the emergent nations of Africa.
  4. arising casually or unexpectedly.
  5. calling for immediate action; urgent.
  6. displaying emergence.
—n.
  1. an aquatic plant having its stem, leaves, etc., extending above the surface of the water.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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