emergence

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Borrowed from French émergence. See also emergency.

Morphologically emerge +‎ -ence.

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emergence (countable and uncountable, plural emergences)

  1. The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprising or appearance.
  2. In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.
  3. (obsolete) An emergency.
    • 1790, Charles Hamilton, Transactions During the Reign of Queen Anne:
      In this dire emergence, the Marquis de Torcy, minister for foreign affairs, offered his services.
    • 1812, Frances Burney, Journals and Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 452:
      I [] had recourse to an English Merchant, Mr Gregory, long settled at Dunkirk, to whom, happily, I had been recommended, as to a person capable, in any emergence, to afford me assistance.

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