or as·cend·en·cy



the state of being in the ascendant; governing or controlling influence; domination.

Also as·cend·ance, as·cend·ence.

Origin of ascendancy

First recorded in 1705–15; ascend(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·as·cend·ance, nounnon·as·cend·an·cy, nounnon·as·cend·ence, nounnon·as·cend·en·cy, noun

Synonyms for ascendancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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ascendency ascendance or ascendence (əˈsɛndəns)


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

1742, from ascend + -ance. Properly "the act of ascending," but used from the start in English as a synonym of ascendancy.



1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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