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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recent \Re"cent\ (r[=e]"sent), a. [L. recens, -entis: cf. F.
     1. Of late origin, existence, or occurrence; lately come; not
        of remote date, antiquated style, or the like; not already
        known, familiar, worn out, trite, etc.; fresh; novel; new;
        modern; as, recent news.
        [1913 Webster]
              The ancients were of opinion, that a considerable
              portion of that country [Egypt] was recent, and
              formed out of the mud discharged into the
              neighboring sea by the Nile.          --Woodward.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the present or existing epoch;
        as, recent shells.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: new; "recent graduates"; "a recent addition to the
             house"; "recent buds on the apple trees"
      2: of the immediate past or just previous to the present time;
         "a late development"; "their late quarrel"; "his recent trip
         to Africa"; "in recent months"; "a recent issue of the
         journal" [syn: late(a), recent]
      n 1: approximately the last 10,000 years [syn: Holocene,
           Holocene epoch, Recent, Recent epoch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "recent":
     ancient, brand-new, current, early, erstwhile, fore, former, fresh,
     immemorial, just out, late, later, latest, latter, modern,
     modernistic, neoteric, new, new-fashioned, newfangled, newly come,
     novel, of yesterday, old, olden, once, onetime, past, prehistoric,
     previous, primeval, primitive, prior, quondam, sometime, then

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