• Having happened a short while ago.
  • Up-to-date; not old-fashioned or dated.
  • Having done something a short while ago that distinguishes them as what they are called.
  • Particularly in geology, palaeontology, and astronomy: having occurred a relatively short time ago, but still potentially thousands or even millions of years ago.
  • Of the Holocene, particularly pre-21st century.



  • Borrowed from Latin recēns (genitive recentis). As classifier for a geological epoch coinciding with human presence (“Recent era”) introduced by .

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