as·​cen·​dant | \ ə-ˈsen-dənt How to pronounce ascendant (audio) \
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


variants: or less commonly ascendent

Definition of ascendant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : moving upward : rising
b : directed upward an ascendant stem

Other Words from ascendant


ascendantly adverb

Examples of ascendant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fast-ascendant baritone Jarrett Ott, as Seward, mastered a demanding tessitura and vividly conveyed the character’s arrogance and agony. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The unique placement of the planets in the houses is determined by your rising sign, also known as your ascendant. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Harris's North Node of Destiny in Sagittarius falls on his ascendant in Sagittarius, which means that their pairing is fated in the stars. Lisa Stardust,, 13 Aug. 2020 The ruler of the ascendant is Jupiter, which is located in the first house. Lisa Stardust,, 13 Aug. 2020 Another good sign: On Election Day, the Moon will be in Gemini, on Harris's ascendant, and on the transiting North Node of Destiny. Lisa Stardust,, 13 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 6 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Montgomery’s childhood in PEI and her ascendant writing career, which ended in Ontario. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Thomas saw the ascendant conservative movement as a chance to realize his environmental policy goals. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 Left-leaning critics of the ascendant anti-CRT movement like to point out that Critical Race Theory isn't being taught in schools. Damon Linker, The Week, 25 June 2021 The study also focused specifically on how the vaccines fared when omicron was ascendant. Arkansas Online, 19 Mar. 2022 Similarly, Scholz’s speech was all the more significant coming from a Social Democrat, one known for fiscal austerity who came of age at the end of the Cold War, a time when many believed democracies were ascendant and would remain so. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2022 Some of the most important issues Ginni Thomas has worked for are now barreling toward a Supreme Court redefined by Trump, where her husband is ascendant. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 Working in marketing at Interscope from 2007-2010, Bobby Campbell got to know an ascendant pop star by the name of Lady Gaga. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 21 May 2021 Tasked with saving the planet, the film’s melancholy protagonist represents both a fantasy and a nightmare for the ascendant generation. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ascendant


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ascendant


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

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