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descendant

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adjective de·scen·dant \di-ˈsen-dənt\
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descendent

Definition of descendant

  1. 1 :  moving or directed downward listed in descendant order

  2. 2 :  proceeding from an ancestor or source

Examples of descendant in a Sentence

  1. the descendant branches of a weeping willow

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Descendant is the opposite of ancestor. Your grandparents' descendants are those who are descended from them—your parents, your brothers and sisters, and any children that any of you may have. It's been claimed that every person on earth is a descendant of Muhammad, and of every historical person before him—Julius Caesar, the Buddha, etc.—who started a line of descent. (Some of us still find this hard to believe.) And not all descendants are human; every modern thesaurus, for example, could be called the descendant of the one devised by Peter Mark Roget in 1852.

Origin and Etymology of descendant

Middle English dessendaunte, from Anglo-French descendant, from Latin descendent-, descendens, present participle of descendere —see descend


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descendant

noun de·scen·dant
variants: or less commonly

descendent

Definition of descendant

  1. 1 :  one originating or coming from an ancestral stock or source :  one descended from another descendants of King David a descendant of an ancient grass

  2. 2 :  one deriving directly from a precursor or prototype Italian and other descendants of Latin

Examples of descendant in a Sentence

  1. One of the famous inventor's descendants is also an inventor.

  2. Many people in this area are descendants of German immigrants.

  3. Recent evidence supports the theory that birds are the modern descendants of dinosaurs.

  4. The Italian language is one of Latin's descendants.

Recent Examples of descendant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of descendant

French & Latin; French descendant, from Late Latin descendent-, descendens, from Latin

Other Genetics Terms


DESCENDANT Defined for English Language Learners

descendant

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Definition of descendant for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is related to a person or group of people who lived in the past

  • : a plant or animal that is related to a particular plant or animal that lived long ago

  • : something that developed from another thing that was made or existed earlier


DESCENDANT Defined for Kids

descendant

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noun de·scen·dant \di-ˈsen-dənt\

Definition of descendant for Students

  1. 1 :  someone related to a person or group of people who lived at an earlier time

  2. 2 :  a thing that comes from something that existed at an earlier time


Law Dictionary

descendant

noun de·scen·dant \di-ˈsen-dənt\
variants: also

descendent

\di-ˈsen-dənt\

Legal Definition of descendant

  1. :  a blood relative of a later generation



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