What does ascendant mean?

ascendant meaning in General Dictionary

Rising toward the zenith above the horizon

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  • Ascent height level
  • tending or directed upward
  • most effective or crucial or important
  • someone from whom you tend to be descended (but often more remote than a grandparent)
  • position or state of being prominent or perhaps in control
  • Ascent; level; elevation.
  • The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which increases above the horizon at the moment of one's beginning; likely to have a commanding impact on your life and fortune.
  • Superiority, or commanding impact; ascendency; as, one-man has the ascendant over another.
  • An ancestor, or person who precedes in genealogy or levels of kindred; a relative when you look at the ascending range; a progenitor; -- compared to descendant.
  • Alt. of Ascendent

ascendant meaning in Etymology Dictionary

later 14c., ascendent, astrological usage is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and straight from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), current participle of ascendere "to attach, ascend, rise" (see ascend). Good sense "moving up, rising" is taped from 1590s. Into the ascendant "ruling, prominent" (perhaps not, as it is usually thought, "rising") is from 1670s.


ascendant - French to English

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ascendant meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Ascent; height; elevation.

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  • (letter.) The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises over the horizon at the moment of your birth; designed to have a commanding impact on your life and fortune.
  • (letter.) Superiority, or commanding impact; ascendency; as, one man has got the ascendant over another.
  • (n.) An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a family member inside ascending range; a progenitor; -- in opposition to descendant.
  • (a.) Alt. of Ascendent

Sentence Examples with the word ascendant

The former was in the ascendant during the early years of the reign.

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