1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.]
Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant. --Temple.
2. Astrol. 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.
Note: ☞ Hence the phrases To be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or influence, and Lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant.
3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another.
Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent. --Robertson.
4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant.
As·cend·ant As·cend·ent a.
1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon.
The constellation . . . about that time ascendant. --Browne.
2. Rising; ascending.
3. Superior; surpassing; ruling.
An ascendant spirit over him. --South.
The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth. --J. S. Mill.
Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . no man could possibly hold an ascendent position. --Grote.
adj 1: tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength
like that of foliage"- John Ruskin [syn: ascendent,
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]
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] [ant: descendant]