AskDefine | Define ascendent

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ascendent adj
1 tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin [syn: ascendant, ascensive]
2 most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe" [syn: ascendant, dominating]


1 position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant" [syn: ascendant]
2 someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) [syn: ancestor, ascendant, antecedent, root] [ant: descendant]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Upward in direction or proclivity.


  1. A person from whom one is descended.
  2. A position of power or control.


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