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as·cen·dant

also as·cen·dent  (ə-sĕn′dənt)
adj.
1. Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising.
2. Dominant in position or influence; superior.
n.
1. The position or state of being dominant or in control: a conservative policy currently in the ascendant.
2. In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that rises in the east at the time of a person's birth or other event.
3. An ancestor.

ascendant

(əˈsɛndənt) or

ascendent

adj
1. proceeding upwards; rising
2. dominant, superior, or influential
3. (Botany) botany another term for ascending
n
4. rare an ancestor
5. a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
6. (Astrology) astrology (sometimes capital)
a. a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
b. the sign of the zodiac containing this point
7. in the ascendant increasing in influence, prosperity, etc

as•cend•ant

or as•cend•ent

(əˈsɛn dənt)

n.
1. a position of dominance or controlling influence; possession of power, superiority, or preeminence.
2. an ancestor; forebear.
3. the sign of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or other event.
adj.
4. ascending.
5. superior; predominant.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ascendant - position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, dominance, control - the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"
2.ascendant - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)ascendant - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
ancestress - a woman ancestor
forbear, forebear - a person from whom you are descended
forefather, sire, father - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
foremother - a woman ancestor
primogenitor, progenitor - an ancestor in the direct line
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"
Adj.1.ascendant - tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin
ascending - moving or going or growing upward; "the ascending plane"; "the ascending staircase"; "the ascending stems of chickweed"
2.ascendant - most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

ascendant

ascendent
in the ascendant rising, increasing, growing, powerful, mounting, climbing, dominating, commanding, supreme, dominant, influential, prevailing, flourishing, ascending, up-and-coming, on the rise, uppermost, on the way up Geography, drama, art and English are in the ascendant.

ascendant

adjective
Having preeminent significance:
noun
A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
Translations

ascendant

[əˈsendənt] N to be in the ascendantestar en auge, ir ganando predominio

ascendant

[əˈsɛndənt] n
to be in the ascendant → monter

ascendant

, ascendent
n to be in the ascendant (Astrol) → im Aszendenten stehen, aszendieren (spec); (fig)im Aufstieg begriffen sein; his star is in the ascendant (fig)sein Stern ist im Aufgehen

ascendant

[əˈsɛndənt] n to be in the ascendantessere in auge
References in classic literature ?
He stood some time lost in astonishment at this sight; but, as good nature had always the ascendant in his mind, he soon began to be touched with sentiments of compassion for the little wretch before him.
We are dwelling too long, perhaps, upon these individual pictures, endeared to us by the associations of early life, when, as yet a stripling youth, we have sat at the hospitable boards of the "mighty Northwesters," the lords of the ascendant at Montreal, and gazed with wondering and inexperienced eye at the baronial wassailing, and listened with astonished ear to their tales of hardship and adventures.
And I scruple not to affirm, that it is infinitely less likely that either of them should gain an ascendant in the national councils, than that the one or the other of them should predominate in all the local councils.
It was difficult to realize that they had gone; down through ages of darkness, cruelty, and ignorance, until their hereditary instincts of culture and humanitarianism had risen ascendant once more in the final composite race which now is dominant upon Mars.
Before Avis Everhard was born, John Stuart Mill, in his essay, ON LIBERTY, wrote: "Wherever there is an ascendant class, a large portion of the morality emanates from its class interests and its class feelings of superiority.