ascendant

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

Definition of ascendant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

adjective
variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : moving upward : rising

b : directed upward an ascendant stem

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Other words from ascendant

Adjective

ascendantly adverb

Examples of ascendant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There has been a fundamental shift in the way electricity is generated in the United States, with cleaner energy sources such as natural gas, wind and solar power ascendant. New York Times, "A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron," 2 June 2018 With e-commerce ascendant, nearly everyone else in the retailing, from venerable department stores to once-trendy clothiers like J. Crew, has been struggling to grow or even survive. Chad Bray And Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, "QVC to Merge With Home Shopping Network in $2.1 Billion Deal," 6 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Both series call the ascendant streamer home, are inspired by prolific, beloved authors, and were produced to be Emmys bait with their lush, cinematic aesthetics. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Peter Navarro, one of the president's closest trade advisers, gave reporters an on-the-record defense of Trump's high-risk tactics, a sign that for now the administration's trade hard-liners are in the ascendant. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Flood of U.S. companies seek relief on tariffs," 20 June 2018 To start, rock and roll is in one of its periodic nadirs and hip-hop has long been in the ascendant. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "What Happened to the Cool Jerk of Indie Rock?," 4 June 2018 The piece opens with the solo violin calmly ascendant against muted strings, the ambience quickly punctured by disconcerting whispers from the flutes. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New-Music Premieres in Detroit," 31 May 2018 With the Depression and the New Deal scrambling politics, the Democrats came into the ascendant. The Economist, "The president’s takeover of his party is near complete," 19 Apr. 2018 Haven demand may also get a boost with foreign-policy hawks in the ascendant in Washington... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: 'We're jittery right now.' Amazon sell-off reflects market's sensitivity to Trump headlines," 29 Mar. 2018 Out East, Boston and Philadelphia are both ascendant, but neither has added a major difference-maker in July yet. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Once unable to compete with the financial heavyweights of the Mexican professional soccer league, Pachuca, 90 minutes northeast of Mexico City, became an ascendant team that has taken a disciplined approach to youth development. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of ascendant

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascendant

Noun

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

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ascendant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ascendant

: becoming more popular or successful

: more powerful or important than any other

ascendant

noun
as·cen·dant | \ ə-ˈsen-dənt \

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