Emergent vs Eminent - What's the difference?

emergent | eminent |

As adjectives the difference between emergent and eminent

is that emergent is emerging (in the process of emerging) while eminent is eminent; distinguished; noteworthy.

As a verb emergent

is .





(en adjective)
  • (lb) Arising unexpectedly, especially if also calling for immediate reaction; constituting an emergency.
  • * 1918 , The Missionary Review of the World , volume 41, page 818:
  • In all these great and vital things which America has discovered to be emergent necessities,
  • Emerging; coming into view or into existence; nascent; new.
  • (botany) Taller than the surrounding vegetation.
  • (botany, of a water-dwelling plant) Having leaves and flowers above the water.
  • (video games) Having gameplay that arises from its mechanics, rather than a linear storyline.
  • * 2008 , Jim Rossignol, This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities (page 126)
  • In short, emergent games are ones that allow a huge range of possibilities and don't dictate a strict, linear flow of events. A strategy game is emergent because so many units can interact and have some effect on each other.

    Derived terms

    * emergent evolution * emergently


    (en noun)
  • (botany) A plant whose root system grows underwater, but whose shoot, leaves and flowers grow up and above the water.
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    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) high, lofty; towering; prominent.
  • noteworthy, remarkable, great
  • His eminent good sense has been a godsend to this project.
  • of a person, distinguished, important, noteworthy
  • In later years, the professor became known as an eminent historian.

    Usage notes

    * Eminent and imminent are very similar sounds, and are weak rhymes; in some dialects, these may be confused. A typo of either word may result in a correction to the wrong word by spellchecking software. Eminent may also be confused with immanent, immanant, or emanate.

    Derived terms

    * eminence * eminently * preeminent