as·​cen·​dance ə-ˈsen-dən(t)s How to pronounce ascendance (audio)
variants or less commonly ascendence

Examples of ascendance in a Sentence

studied the ascendance of modernism in 20th-century art and design
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Word History

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ascendance was in 1715

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“Ascendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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