AskDefine | Define ascendant

Dictionary Definition

ascendant adj
1 tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin [syn: ascendent, ascensive]
2 most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe" [syn: ascendent, dominating]


1 position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant" [syn: ascendent]
2 someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) [syn: ancestor, ascendent, antecedent, root] [ant: descendant]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Rising, moving upward.
  2. Surpassing or controlling.


Rising, moving upward
Surpassing or controlling


  1. Being in control.
  2. An ancestor (antonym of descendant)


Being in control
An ancestor





fr-noun m
  1. ascendant
  2. influence, ascendancy
    L'équipe adverse a repris lascendant du match. - The team is again dominated by the adversary.
  3. ancestry

Extensive Definition

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ascendant in German: Aszendent (Astrologie)
ascendant in Italian: Ascendente
ascendant in Maltese: Axxendent
ascendant in Dutch: Ascendant
ascendant in Polish: Ascendent
ascendant in Russian: Asc
ascendant in Swedish: Ascendent
ascendant in Contenese: 上升星座

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