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ascendant

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noun as·cen·dant \ ə-ˈsen-dənt \
variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant

1 :the point of the ecliptic or degree of the zodiac that rises above the eastern horizon at any moment
2 :a state or position of dominant power or importance
3 :a lineal or collateral relative in the ascending line

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Origin and Etymology of ascendant

Middle English ascendent, from Medieval Latin ascendent-, ascendens, from Latin, present participle of ascendere


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ascendant

adjective
variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant

1 a :moving upward :rising
b :directed upward
  • an ascendant stem
2 a :superior
b :dominant 1a

ascendantly

adverb

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First Known Use of ascendant

1591



ASCENDANT Defined for English Language Learners

ascendant

adjective

Definition of ascendant for English Language Learners

  • : becoming more popular or successful

  • : more powerful or important than any other


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ascendant

noun as·cen·dant \ ə-ˈsen-dənt \

legal Definition of ascendant



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