cadent

adjective
ca·​dent | \ ˈkā-dᵊnt How to pronounce cadent (audio) \

Definition of cadent

1 archaic : being in the process of falling with cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks— William Shakespeare
2 : having rhythmic cadence his cadent voice

Examples of cadent in a Sentence

the song's cadent repetitions quickly became mesmerizing

First Known Use of cadent

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cadent

borrowed from Latin cadent-, cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" — more at chance entry 1

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“Cadent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cadent. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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