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ascendant

[uh-sen-duh nt] /əˈsɛn dənt/
noun
1.
a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence:
With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
2.
an ancestor; forebear.
3.
Astrology. the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or event: the cusp of the first house.
adjective
4.
ascending; rising.
5.
superior; predominant.
6.
Botany. directed or curved upward.
Also, ascendent.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English ascendent < Latin ascendent- (stem of ascendēns) climbing up. See ascend, -ent, -ant
Related forms
nonascendant, adjective
nonascendantly, adverb
nonascendent, adjective
nonascendently, adverb
unascendant, adjective
unascendent, adjective
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Examples from the web for ascendant
  • Now the wolves were ascendant, the elk down, and the local populace restive.
  • By preaching he gained such an ascendant over the hearts of the people as produced many wonderful conversions.
  • Quants-the ascendant breed of traders, who use algorithms-fared particularly well.
  • According to the model, civil rights opinions remain ascendant today.
  • Even something as seemingly mundane as format must be continuously modified if it is to remain in the ascendant.
  • Finance feeds on trust and mistrust, and amplifies whichever is ascendant.
  • The ascendant real-world notion of the athletic performer as purely a commodity was reinforced, even exalted.
  • It was a complex time, as an ascendant superpower sought symbols for a technological era.
British Dictionary definitions for ascendant

ascendant

/əˈsɛndənt/
adjective
1.
proceeding upwards; rising
2.
dominant, superior, or influential
3.
(botany) another term for ascending
noun
4.
(rare) an ancestor
5.
a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
6.
(astrology) (sometimes capital)
  1. a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
  2. the sign of the zodiac containing this point
7.
in the ascendant, increasing in influence, prosperity, etc
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Word Origin and History for ascendant
adj.

late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.

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