having cadence.
Archaic. falling.

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. 2019

Related Words for cadent

measured, metrical, rhythmic, 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



having cadence; rhythmic
archaic falling; descending

Word Origin for cadent

C16: from Latin cadēns falling, from cadere to fall
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