ascendant (n.)

  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 ]

    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 ]

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