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Origin of cadent

1580–90; < Latin cadent-, (stem of cadēns falling, present participle of cadere), equivalent to cad- fall + -ent- -ent
Related formsnon·ca·dent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cadent

measured, metrical, rhythmic, cadent, metric

Examples from the Web for cadent

Historical Examples of cadent

  • If they should be in a cadent position the native will travel a great deal.

  • 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

  • Any planet posited in a Cadent House is regarded as weak in its effects on the native.

  • Cadent a latere tuo mille, et decem millia a dextris tuis; ad te autem non approprinquabit.

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

British Dictionary definitions for cadent


  1. having cadence; rhythmic
  2. archaic falling; descending

Word Origin for cadent

C16: from Latin cadēns falling, from cadere to fall
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