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or ascendency

[uh-sen-duh n-see] /əˈsɛn dən si/
the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.
Also, ascendance, ascendence.
Origin of ascendancy
First recorded in 1705-15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonascendance, noun
nonascendancy, noun
nonascendence, noun
nonascendency, noun
primacy, predominance, command, sovereignty, mastery, supremacy. Unabridged
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  • The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He was quite aware of his own ascendency in counsel and his supremacy in debate.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • In June, '71, the Democratic rule gained the ascendency at Concord.

  • They do not desire equality, they are resolved on ascendency.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It was from our ancestors that ascendency received its death-blow.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The Girondists were in the ascendency and had restored order.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • How far the ascendency of his own personality was involved, we have no means of judging.

  • Thank Heaven, it was only single-fronted; there, at least, we had the ascendency over them.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for ascendency


the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power
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Word Origin and History for ascendency

alternative spelling of ascendancy (see -ance).



1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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