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also de·scen·dant  (dĭ-sĕn′dənt)
1. Moving downward; descending.
2. Proceeding by descent from an ancestor.


1. coming or going downwards; descending
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) deriving by descent, as from an ancestor


(dɪˈsɛn dənt)

1. descending; going or coming down.
2. deriving or descending from an ancestor.
[1565–75; < Latin dēscendent-, s. of dēscendēns, present participle of dēscendere. See descend, -ent]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.descendent - a person considered as descended from some ancestor or racedescendent - a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
child - a member of a clan or tribe; "the children of Israel"
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
scion - a descendent or heir; "a scion of royal stock"
Adj.1.descendent - going or coming down
descending - coming down or downward
2.descendent - proceeding by descent from an ancestor; "descendent gene"
related - connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage


also descendant
Moving or sloping down:
References in classic literature ?
But the swords of their descendents had grown rusty by disuse.
Eli and his descendents bore a striking resemblance to the Carnarvons, and DNA tests show widower Gordon, from Sutton Coldfield, is not related to other branches of the Pidgeon clan.
Wilder, plans are to mount the private memorial, which was designed and purchased by Hovey descendents, on a rock wall on 26 Devil's Elbow Road.
The European Commission has put together five policy options, with the complete suspension of the use of clones and their offspring and prohibiting the use of food from clones, offspring and their descendents.
As Omi and Winant argue that racial formation is shaped by existing race relations in any given historical period (Omi & Winant 1994), racial formation may have followed a similar development as the "warrior spirit" of Alonso's northern border communities formed, and rather than erase racial consciousness among African descendents during the national and post-revolutionary periods in Mexico it may have served to create a type of Du Boisian "double-consciousness" within Mexico's Black communities.
His descendents ruled Egypt until 1952, when King Farouk was toppled in the revolution of 1952 by the Free Officers Movement led by Mohamed Naguib and late-president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The brothers' children and descendents Borchard continued the farming tradition, although only about 20 percent of the estimated 800 relatives living today still are farmers, said family historian Mary Olsen Rydberg, a great-granddaughter of Caspar Sr.
Those payments were paid directly to the people or their descendents.
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Being an American of European descent, I can only imagine what it does to the hearts and souls of the descendents of those who were enslaved and treated as subhumans under this banner of hatred.
The classrooms are groves of trees that are direct descendents of trees associated with historic events or persons.
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