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Definitions of ascendant

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Ascent; height; elevation. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; - opposed to descendant. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Superiority; a commanding influence; predominance. Also, ascendent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Superiority: (astrol.) the part of the ecliptic rising above the horizon at the time of one's birth: it was supposed to have commanding influence over the person's life, hence the phrase, in the ascendant. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Mounting; superior. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Superiority; elevation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Preeminence; domination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Superiority or commanding influence; an ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy; height; elevation; that sign of the zodiac which rises above the horizon at the time of one's birth, supposed to have influence on a person's life and fortune; hence, to be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or influence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Commanding influence; superiority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. Alt. of Ascendent Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Rising; superior; predominant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Superior: above the horizon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Ascending; rising; superior; dominant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Superior; predominant; above the horizon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Superior; surpassing; in astron., above the horizon. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for ascendant

  1. It was inevitable in the state of religion in England, and considering the chief intellectual influences then in the ascendant that to preach salvation as a present blessing to be possessed and enjoyed, was to incur the charge of enthusiasm. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  2. There they are in the ascendant – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
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