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1. Of, belonging to, or occurring at a time immediately before the present.
2. Modern; new.
3. Recent Geology Of, relating to, or being the Holocene Epoch. See Table at geologic time.

[Middle English, new, fresh, from Latin recēns, recent-; see ken- in Indo-European roots.]

re′cen·cy, re′cent·ness n.
re′cent·ly adv.
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Noun1.recentness - a time immediately before the present
pastness - the quality of being past
2.recentness - the property of having happened or appeared not long ago
newness - the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
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Given the dedication to Pollock and the relative recentness of his death, the references to car wrecks may well be an indirect allusion to the car accident in which the painter died.
* history and recentness of substantially similar previous violations of the cited employer at the same nonconstruction worksite and construction worksites in the same state;
Fader's paper suggested simple statistics such as recentness and frequency can offer valid estimates of future lifetime values.
The recentness of most probation-directed referrals probably reflects the implementation of the Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs) under the 1998 Criminal Justice Act, which strengthened the involvement of the courts and the probation service in the treatment strategies of problem drug users.
The "recentness / and distance of events" seems to allude
The recentness of telephone counseling may have biased their response toward telephone counseling.
Imagine my delight when I read that a positive decision to prohibit all logging in the area in perpetuity had been taken and, judging by the recentness of the research, was still being maintained today.
Before establishment of the ankle rules, family physicians used the clinical findings of (1) absence of tenderness on the dorsum of the foot, (2) lack of impaired weight bearing, (3) recentness of injury (more than 12 hours earlier), and (4) absence of additional injuries.
124) While the Thai regime of images has sources in Siam's cultural, religious, and political history, Morris nevertheless emphasizes that the recentness of its current form means that something more is at work than merely the persistence of traditional cultural forms into the modern era:
Researchers in this, and akin fields, seem over-inclined to judge knowledge only by its recentness. A glance at any 'self-respecting' bibliography shows a tendency to concentrate solely on the 1990s, and the pieces that look 'scientific'.
Control region sequences from Graomys Rb animals exhibited lack of DNA differentiation (similar nucleotide diversity) and no population subdivision, suggesting that occurrence and fixation of chromosome rearrangements were produced during such a short evolutionary time that did not cumulate as many point mutations as one should expect for this highly evolving molecule, probably indicating the recentness of the chromosomal differentiation (or sudden expansion) of the Graomys Rb karyomorphs.
What stands out in this section is the recentness of East Melbourne's 'Britishness' and heritage concerns--it is a phenomenon closely linked to the movement of recently arrived immigrant groups to newer, larger houses in the city's outer suburbs.