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noun, plural ca·den·cies.
  1. cadence(defs 1–7).
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Origin of cadency

First recorded in 1620–30; cad(ence) + -ency
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Historical Examples

  • In modern English cadency, the difference of the second son, or house.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

    Charles Boutell

  • The first crosslet is charged with an annulet, probably as a mark of cadency.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • The Mounteneys further difference their common arms, for Cadency, after this manner.

  • This point will be treated more fully under "Marks of Cadency."

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • Shakespeare's son-in-law bore the talbots' heads only, which may merely have been a mark of cadency.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

British Dictionary definitions for cadency


noun plural -cies
  1. the line of descent from a younger member of a family
  2. another word for cadence
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