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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:
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If anyone thinks they are a descendent of the Bianchis, get in touch at bianchi.
The GPs profiled in the booklet are Associate Professor Brad Murphy, a descendent of the Kamillaroi people of north-west New South Wales; Dr Anita Watts, a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Western Sydney; Dr Danielle Arabena, a descendent of the Meriam Mer Clan groups of the Torres Strait Islands; Dr Janelle Trees, a descendent of the Thunghutti clan from Walcha in New South Wales; Dr Kali Hayward, a descendent of the Warnman people of Western Australia; Dr Olivia ODonoghue, a descendent of the Yankunytjatjara and Narungga Nations people; Dr Samarra Toby, a Gangulu woman from Rockhampton; Dr Kim Issacs, descended from the Noongar, Karajarri and Yawuru peoples, and Associate Professor Shannon Springer, descended from Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander peoples.
If such an initiative is able to make a difference to the life of even a single individual, royalty or notC*" said Indra Vikram Singh, a descendent from the royal household of Rajpipla.