Ascendant definition

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Inclining or moving upward; ascending or rising.
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Dominant in position or influence; superior.
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The position or state of being dominant or in control.

A conservative policy currently in the ascendant.

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An ancestor.
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Rising; ascending.
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In control; dominant; superior.
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Designating or of the ascendant; rising.
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A dominating position; ascendancy.
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An ancestor.
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(astrol.) The sign of the zodiac just above the eastern horizon at any given moment, specif. at the time of one's birth.
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Rising, moving upward.
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Surpassing or controlling.
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Being in control; superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency.

One man has the ascendant over another.

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An ancestor (antonym of descendant)

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Ascent; height; elevation.
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(astrology) 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.

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In astrology, the point of the ecliptic or the sign of the zodiac that rises in the east at the time of a person's birth or other event.
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in the ascendant
  • at or heading toward the height of power, influence, fame, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ascendant
Plural:
ascendants

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the ascendant

Origin of ascendant

  • From Middle French ascendant, from Latin ascendens.

    From Wiktionary