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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 as·cen·dant /əˈsɛndənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·cend·ant n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]