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Borrowed from Latin in statu nascendi, literally “in a state of being born”.


in statu nascendi (not comparable)

  1. Nascent; emerging but not yet fully formed.
    The European Community is a novel type of political system in statu nascendi.

Usage notesEdit

In Latin there is a difference between the phrases in statu nascendi (using the ablative case) and in status nascendi (using the accusative case). The former implies “being in a state” whereas the latter implies “transitioning into a state”. In English usage of these phrases, this distinction is usually not maintained, so that these forms are used indiscriminately; however, in statu nascendi is the more common form.