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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
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But the swords of their descendents had grown rusty by disuse.
He also said that the BJP was only against those Muslims who consider themselves as descendents of Muhammad Ghori and Mahmud Ghazni.
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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.
While I am not aware of the use of the term authenticity among African descendents or Black activists within Mexico, I use the term authenticities in reference to the distinct social locations occupied by Mexico's Black citizens, as well as other members of the global African Diaspora that have allowed for a hybrid yet "authentic" cultural development specific to particular locations/nation states.
The book is framed by a 21st century ceremony to reincorporate her descendents into the potlatch system and other sites of Kwakwaka'wakw identity.
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.