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[dih-sen-duh nt]
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  1. descending; going or coming down.
  2. deriving or descending from an ancestor.
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Origin of descendent

1565–75; < Latin dēscendent- (stem of dēscendēns), present participle of dēscendere. See descend, -ent
Related formsun·de·scend·ent, adjective
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  1. coming or going downwards; descending
  2. deriving by descent, as from an ancestor
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Word Origin and History for descendent

see descendant.

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