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Borrowed from French émergence. See also emergency.

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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. Archaic form of 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.

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