As*cend"ant (#), n. [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr. of ascendere.]


Ascent; height; elevation.


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.

⇒ 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.



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.


An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant.



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As*cend"ant (#), As*cend"ent (#), a.


Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.

The constellation . . . about that time ascendant. Browne.


Rising; ascending.



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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