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v. de·scend·ed, de·scend·ing, de·scends
1. To move from a higher to a lower place; come or go down.
2. To slope, extend, or incline downward: "A rough path descended like a steep stair into the plain" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
a. To be related by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation: He descends from Norwegian immigrants.
b. To come down from a source; derive: a tradition descending from colonial days.
c. To pass by inheritance: The house has descended through four generations.
4. To lower oneself; stoop: "She, the conqueror, had descended to the level of the conquered" (James Bryce).
5. To proceed or progress downward, as in rank, pitch, or scale: titles listed in descending order of importance; notes that descended to the lower register.
6. To arrive or attack in a sudden or overwhelming manner: summer tourists descending on the seashore village.
1. To move from a higher to lower part of; go down: I descended the staircase into the basement.
2. To extend or proceed downward along: a road that descended the mountain in sharp curves.
be descended from
To be related to (an ancestor) by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation: She claims to be descended from European royalty.

[Middle English descenden, from Old French descendre, from Latin dēscendere : dē-, de- + scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]

de·scend′i·ble, de·scend′a·ble adj.
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(dɪˈsɛndəbəl) or


(Law) capable of being inherited
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In these circumstances there is a total dissimilitude between him and a king of Great Britain, who is an hereditary monarch, possessing the crown as a patrimony descendible to his heirs forever; but there is a close analogy between him and a governor of New York, who is elected for three years, and is re-eligible without limitation or intermission.
alienable and devisable, but not descendible. That is to say, a clown
the hallmarks of property: alienable, descendible, divisible, good
(122) The court, however, ultimately was unwilling to toll the statute of limitations for almost forty years, but the descendible nature of both copyright and right of publicity has on several occasions provided the opportunity for an heir to combat discrimination suffered by the decedent.
1969) ("A majority of states hold that the right to contest a will is a property right, assignable and descendible."); Dickson v.
Recognizes the principles underlying the right of publicity by providing for a descendible and transferable right of publicity for a fixed term after death without regard to whether their right was exploited during a person's lifetime[;] 4.
The federal government established copyright law as another descendible postmortem right to provide the individual a short-term monopoly over his or her creative works.