ascendancy

or as·cend·en·cy

[ uh-sen-duhn-see ]
/ əˈsɛn dən si /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ascaridole,
  2. ascaris,
  3. ascaris lumbricoides,
  4. ascend,
  5. ascendance,
  6. ascendant,
  7. ascendency,
  8. ascender,
  9. ascendeur,
  10. ascending

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ascendancy

ascendancy

ascendency ascendance or ascendence (əˈsɛndəns)

/ (əˈsɛndənsɪ) /

noun

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

ascendancy

n.

1712; see ascendant + -cy.

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