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[keyd-nt] /ˈkeɪd nt/
having cadence.
Archaic. falling.
Origin of cadent
1580-90; < Latin cadent-, (stem of cadēns falling, present participle of cadere), equivalent to cad- fall + -ent- -ent
Related forms
noncadent, adjective Unabridged
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  • I saw no horses, no sign of life; heard no sound but the cadent wail of the ash-grey birds in their flights.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
  • cadent a latere tuo mille, et decem millia a dextris tuis; ad te autem non approprinquabit.

    Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • If they should be in a cadent position the native will travel a great deal.

  • Grace That cadent girdles the invisible waves Of flute and harp is born of faining limbs, And hide them who may see it?

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • Any planet posited in a cadent House is regarded as weak in its effects on the native.

British Dictionary definitions for cadent


having cadence; rhythmic
(archaic) falling; descending
Word Origin
C16: from Latin cadēns falling, from cadere to fall
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