Definition of Ascendant

1. Noun. Position or state of being dominant or in control. "That idea was in the ascendant"

Exact synonyms: Ascendent
Generic synonyms: Ascendance, Ascendancy, Ascendence, Ascendency, Control, Dominance

2. Adjective. Tending or directed upward. "Rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"
Exact synonyms: Ascendent, Ascensive
Similar to: Ascending
Derivative terms: Ascend, Ascend, Ascend, Ascend, Ascend, Ascend

3. Noun. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).
Exact synonyms: Ancestor, Antecedent, Ascendent, Root
Specialized synonyms: Ancestress, Forbear, Forebear, Father, Forefather, Sire, Foremother, Primogenitor, Progenitor
Generic synonyms: Relation, Relative
Derivative terms: Ancestral, Ancestral, Antecedent
Antonyms: Descendant

4. Adjective. Most powerful or important or influential. "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
Exact synonyms: Ascendent, Dominating
Similar to: Dominant
Derivative terms: Ascendance, Ascendancy, Ascendence, Ascendency

Definition of Ascendant

1. n. Ascent; height; elevation.

2. a. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.

Definition of Ascendant

1. Adjective. Rising, moving upward. ¹

2. Adjective. Surpassing or controlling. ¹

3. Noun. Being in control. ¹

4. Noun. An ancestor (antonym of descendant) ¹

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Definition of Ascendant

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Medical Definition of Ascendant

1. 1. Ascent; height; elevation. "Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant." (Temple) 2. 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. 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. 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. Origin: F. Ascendant, L. Ascendens; p. Pr. Of ascendere. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ascendant

ascaris suum
ascendant (current term)

Literary usage of Ascendant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus by Alexander Jones (1999)
"G. Determination of ascendant. The relationship between solar longitude, time in seasonal hours, and the ascendant point of the ecliptic is displayed in the ..."

2. The Constitutional History of England from the Accession of Henry VII to the by Henry Hallam (1863)
"... of lome Peers to the King's Quarters — Their Treatment there impolitic — The Anti-pacific Party gain the ascendant at Westminster —The Parliament makes ..."

3. The Institutes of Justinian: With English Introduction, Translation, and Notes by Justinian, Thomas Collett Sandars (1878)
"If the descendant was emancipated, he was no longer in the family of the ascendant. The emancipated son, in short, had no agnati; and in default of sui ..."

4. The History of England by James Mackintosh, William Wallace, Robert Bell (1835)
"... power and the ascendant of Buckingham; and she only despised him still more, when, after the death of the favourite, she had an undivided ascendant over ..."

5. Relations politiques et commerciales de l'Empire romain avec l'Asie by Joseph Toussaint Reinaud, John Ordronaux (1863)
"Plus l'ascendant du nom romain avait baissé, plus on se rattachait au passé. Je ne puis me dispenser de fournir la preuve de ce que j'avance ..."

6. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"... was in the ascendant, he had a narrow escape ; was committed to the Tower with other Catholic gentlemen, some of whom were hanged. On the '22nd May, ..."

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