Descent meaning

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We had difficulty in finding the correct descent.

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Hereditary derivation; lineage.

A person of African descent.

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A way down or downward.
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A descending; coming down or going down.
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The act or an instance of descending.

The slow descent of the scuba divers.

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(law) Transmission of property, especially real estate, to a hereditary heir by an intestate owner.
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A lowering or decline, as in status or level.

Her career went into a rapid descent after the charges of misconduct.

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A sudden visit or attack; an onslaught.

The descent of the marauders on the settlement.

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Lineage; ancestry.
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A downward slope.
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A sudden attack, raid, or invasion (on or upon)
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A stooping (to an act)
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(law) Transference (of property) to heirs or offspring by inheritance.
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The process of descending or falling down from a higher position.
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The passage of the presenting part of the fetus into and through the birth canal.
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Hereditary derivation; lineage.
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The transfer of real estate by inheritance, whether by will or intestacy. See also distribution and succession.
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An instance of descending.

We climbed the mountain with difficulty, but the descent was easier.

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The descent into the cavern was wet and slippery.

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Our guide was of Welsh descent.

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After that, the holiday went into a steep descent.

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Descent is defined as going downward or falling, the decline of a population or area's moral values, or an individual's ethnic background.

An example of descent is when you go down the stairs.

An example of descent is when people a person goes gradually mad.

An example of descent is when society loses its moral compass and goes into immorality.

An example of descent is a person from China, who is said to be of Chinese descent.

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The fact or process of being derived or developing from a source.

A paper tracing the descent of the novel from old picaresque tales.

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One generation (in a specified lineage)
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A decline; fall.
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Origin of descent

  • Middle English from Old French descent from feminine past participle of descendre to descend descend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English and Anglo-Norman descente, from Anglo-Norman descendre (“to descend”); see descend. Compare ascent, ascend.

    From Wiktionary