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ascendancy

[uh-sen-duh n-see] /əˈsɛn dən si/
noun
1.
the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
Also, ascendency, ascendance, ascendence.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonascendance, noun
nonascendancy, noun
nonascendence, noun
nonascendency, noun
Synonyms
primacy, predominance, command, sovereignty, mastery, supremacy.
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Examples for ascendancy
  • But some scientists say they could make a run for global ascendancy if humans, as many biologists.
  • There are many means of marking this new ascendancy.
  • The caution and modesty of the prime minister's public pronouncements are at odds with his new ascendancy.
  • The ascendancy of one view often creates the conditions for an economic counterreaction.
  • Consider the principal fears that trouble observers about the ascendancy of ideas.
  • It is the responsibility of our generation to prevent the ascendancy of similar ideologues.
  • The true home-bred feelings of all the people resumed their ascendancy.
  • Individual private accounts are clearly in the ascendancy for reasons well understood.
  • Television docudramas are in the ascendancy at the moment, and as usual, the results are not only uneven but also worrying.
  • One of the earliest and headiest moments in the rebellion was the ascendancy of the twist.
British Dictionary definitions for ascendancy

ascendancy

/əˈsɛndənsɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power
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Word Origin and History for ascendancy
ascendancy
1712, from ascendant (q.v.).
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