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having the propensity to move in an upwards directionhaving the power of adding to or making stronger


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ascending; rising.
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Adj.1.ascensive - 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"
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James 1954), which is the pure act, to which being aspires in its ascensive process.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary descendancy came from an early modern noun "descendance" that had developed from the medieval verb "descend," meaning "move down or into a lower position." The opposite noun of "descendancy" is "ascendancy," for which the OED's adjective "ascensive" gives us this explanation: "Characterized by upward movement or tendency; rising, advancing, progressive." The particular "ascendancy" in question is the phrase "Protestant ascendancy" that apparently entered Irish politics during a 1782 parliamentary debate concerning possible relief of penal laws against the Catholics.
One thus finds contemplations upon or discussions of the term, as in dictionaries, here from 1813: "Deference is an ascensive, condescension a descensive, and complaisance a level attentiveness.