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Other Ascendant Definition

[n] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)
[n] position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
[adj] most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
[adj] tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin

Misc. Definitions

\As*cend"ant\, n. [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr. of ascendere.]
1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.] Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant. --Temple.
2. (Astrol.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune. Note: Hence the phrases {To be in the ascendant}, to have commanding power or influence, and {Lord of the ascendant}, one who has possession of such power or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant. --Burke.
3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another. Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent. --Robertson.
4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to {descendant}. --Ayliffe.
\As*cend"ant\, Ascendent \As*cend"ent\, a.
1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon. The constellation . . . about that time ascendant. --Browne.
2. Rising; ascending. --Ruskin.
3. Superior; surpassing; ruling. An ascendant spirit over him. --South. The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth. --J. S. Mill. Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . no man could possibly hold an ascendent position. --Grote.

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