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[uh-sen-duh n-see] /əˈsɛn dən si/
the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
Also, ascendency, ascendance, ascendence.
Origin of ascendancy
1705-15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonascendance, noun
nonascendancy, noun
nonascendence, noun
nonascendency, noun
primacy, predominance, command, sovereignty, mastery, supremacy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power
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Word Origin and History for ascendancy

1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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