As*cend"ant (#), As*cend"ent (#), a.
Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.
The constellation . . . about that time ascendant.
Superior; surpassing; ruling.
An ascendant spirit over him.
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.
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