Definitions for: Ascendant

[n] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)
[n] position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
[adj] most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
[adj] tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin

Webster (1913) Definition: As*cend"ant, n. [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr.
of ascendere.]
1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.]

Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant.

2. (Astrol.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic
which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's
birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a
person's life and fortune.

Note: Hence the phrases

To be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or
influence, and

Lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power
or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the
ascendant. --Burke.

3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one
man has the ascendant over another.

Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young
monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a
parent. --Robertson.

4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees
of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a
progenitor; -- opposed to descendant. --Ayliffe.

As*cend"ant, Ascendent As*cend"ent, a.
1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.

The constellation . . . about that time ascendant.

2. Rising; ascending. --Ruskin.

3. Superior; surpassing; ruling.

An ascendant spirit over him. --South.

The ascendant community obtained a surplus of
wealth. --J. S. Mill.

Without some power of persuading or confuting, of
defending himself against accusations, . . . no man
could possibly hold an ascendent position. --Grote.

Synonyms: ancestor, antecedent, ascendent, ascendent, ascendent, ascending(a), ascensive, dominant, dominating, root

Antonyms: descendant, descendent

See Also: ancestress, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance, father, forbear, forebear, forefather, foremother, primogenitor, progenitor, relation, relative, sire

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