ascendant

1 of 2

noun

as·​cen·​dant ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio)
variants or less commonly ascendent
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

ascendant

2 of 2

adjective

variants or less commonly ascendent
1
a
: moving upward : rising
b
: directed upward
an ascendant stem
2
ascendantly adverb

Examples of ascendant in a Sentence

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Noun
Like the doe-eyed poets of 100 years ago or the fretting journalists of 65 years ago, today the ascendant left rarely champions liberty, instead favoring the new idols of fairness, inclusion and social justice. Bryan C. Donohue, Baltimore Sun, 17 Apr. 2024 For anyone who came of age in the late nineties and still recalls the moment in which grunge (fading) and pop-punk (ascendant) had a brief but potent sartorial collision, the look of the Guts tour, both onstage and off, will feel deeply familiar. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024
Adjective
The worldviews on display at Contact the Desert are ascendant. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 Despite their obvious differences, the Biden Administration has scrambled to seize the opportunity to forge ties in a region where China has been ascendant. Vera Bergengruen/buenos Aires, TIME, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ascendant 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ascendant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ascendant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascendant. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ascendant

1 of 2 noun
as·​cen·​dant ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio)
: a state or position of commanding power

ascendant

2 of 2 adjective
1
: moving up : rising
2
a
: in a superior position
b
: inclined to control

Legal Definition

ascendant

noun
as·​cen·​dant
ə-ˈsen-dənt

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