- a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence: With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
- an ancestor; forebear.
- Astrology. the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or event: the cusp of the first house.
- ascending; rising.
- superior; predominant.
- Botany. directed or curved upward.
Origin of ascendant
Related Words for ascendantpredominant, superior, dominant, ascendent, antecedent, forefather, parent, predecessor, progenitor, father, mother, forbear, foremother, commanding, controlling, prevailing, supreme, predominating, surpassing
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Contemporary Examples of ascendant
The ascendant media that looked down on him has been pretty much destroyed.How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media
May 9, 2014
“Tex-Mex for decades was ascendant,” Arellano told the The Weekly Alibi in 2012.The Next Big Cuisine of 2014 Is ... Tex-Mex?
January 25, 2014
Stressed as it may be, the Coalition of the Ascendant is not disappearing.Income Inequality is a Recipe for Stagnation
January 21, 2014
Just last year, it seemed as if Hamas—with the Brotherhood dominating Egyptian electoral politics—might be ascendant.Arab Spring Keeps Sending Hamas Packing
July 12, 2013
Gay marriage is ascendant, driven by a rapidly shifting public opinion.Exodus Closes, Marking Official End of the Ex-Gay Movement
June 21, 2013
Historical Examples of ascendant
Still, anything was liable to happen when his unlucky star was in the ascendant.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
At any rate, for more than fifteen years of his reign the king was in the ascendant.The Siege of Boston
Whether the bad might have gained the ascendant, or the good triumphed, I know not.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Now it was the Bed Man, now Napoleon, who stood in the ascendant.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Then his instinct of fair play in the game took the ascendant.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
- proceeding upwards; rising
- dominant, superior, or influential
- botany another term for ascending
- rare an ancestor
- a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
- astrology (sometimes capital)
- a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
- the sign of the zodiac containing this point
- in the ascendant increasing in influence, prosperity, etc
Word Origin and History for ascendant
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere "to mount, ascend, go up" (see ascend). Sense "moving upward, rising" is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant "ruling, dominant" (not, as is often thought, "rising") is from 1670s.