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Meaning of ASCENDANT

Pronunciation:  u'sendunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)
  2. [n]  position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
  3. [adj]  most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
  4. [adj]  tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin
 

ASCENDANT is a 9 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: ancestor, antecedent, ascendent, ascendent, ascendent, ascending(a), ascensive, dominant, dominating, root
 
 Antonyms: descendant, descendent
 
 See Also: ancestress, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance, father, forbear, forebear, forefather, foremother, primogenitor, progenitor, relation, relative, sire

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \As*cend"ant\, n. [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr.
    of ascendere.]
    1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.]
    
             Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant.
                                                   --Temple.
    
    2. (Astrol.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic
       which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's
       birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a
       person's life and fortune.
    
    Note: Hence the phrases
    
    {To be in the ascendant}, to have commanding power or
       influence, and
    
    {Lord of the ascendant}, one who has possession of such power
       or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the
       ascendant. --Burke.
    
    3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one
       man has the ascendant over another.
    
             Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young
             monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a
             parent.                               --Robertson.
    
    4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees
       of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a
       progenitor; -- opposed to {descendant}. --Ayliffe.
    
    
  2. \As*cend"ant\, Ascendent \As*cend"ent\, a.
    1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.
    
             The constellation . . . about that time ascendant.
                                                   --Browne.
    
    2. Rising; ascending. --Ruskin.
    
    3. Superior; surpassing; ruling.
    
             An ascendant spirit over him.         --South.
    
             The ascendant community obtained a surplus of
             wealth.                               --J. S. Mill.
    
             Without some power of persuading or confuting, of
             defending himself against accusations, . . . no man
             could possibly hold an ascendent position. --Grote.
    
    
 
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