descendant

[dih-sen-duhnt]
noun
1.
a person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.
2.
something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form.
3.
an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices, etc., of an earlier master, as in art, music, philosophy, etc.; disciple.
4.
Astrology.
a.
the point opposite the ascendant.
b.
the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac setting below the western horizon at the time of a birth or of an event.
c.
the cusp of the seventh house.
adjective

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English descendaunt (adj.) < Old French descendant, present participle of descendre. See descend, -ant

ancestor, descendant.
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descendant (dɪˈsɛndənt)
 
n
1.  a person, animal, or plant when described as descended from an individual, race, species, etc
2.  something that derives or is descended from an earlier form
 
adj
3.  a variant spelling of descendent

Descendant (dɪˈsɛndənt)
 
n
astrology the point on the ecliptic lying directly opposite the Ascendant

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descendant
1570s (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Fr. descendant (13c.), prp. of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books
printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.
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Example sentences
It was an act of generosity and faith in the future good will of their
  descendants.
Descendants of the unconquered groups still live there today.
Most paleontologists now believe living birds are descendants of certain
  predatory dinosaurs.
And the boomers' descendants may have more cash but they are also likely to
  face far higher costs.
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