[ keyd-nt ]
See synonyms for cadent on
  1. having cadence.

  2. Archaic. falling.

Origin of cadent

1580–90; <Latin cadent-, (stem of cadēns falling, present participle of cadere), equivalent to cad- fall + -ent--ent

Other words from cadent

  • non·ca·dent, adjective

Words Nearby cadent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cadent in a sentence

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

    Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family | Elizabeth Rundle Charles
  • Grace That cadent girdles the invisible waves Of flute and harp is born of faining limbs, And hide them who may see it?

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays | Olive Tilford Dargan
  • If they should be in a cadent position the native will travel a great deal.

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cadent


/ (ˈkeɪdənt) /

  1. having cadence; rhythmic

  2. archaic falling; descending

Origin of cadent

C16: from Latin cadēns falling, from cadere to fall

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