[dih-sen-duh nt]


descending; going or coming down.
deriving or descending from an ancestor.

Origin of descendent

1565–75; < Latin dēscendent- (stem of dēscendēns), present participle of dēscendere. See descend, -ent
Related formsun·de·scend·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for descendent

down, sinking, downward, drooping, nodding, declining, sagging

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Contemporary Examples of descendent

  • Now, its descendent organizations are dedicated to advancing the 20th-century throwback notion of the primacy of the nation-state.

  • My mother was a descendent of Greek royalty, an intellectual grande dame who wore elegant shaded glasses.

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    December 17, 2008

Historical Examples of descendent

British Dictionary definitions for descendent



coming or going downwards; descending
deriving by descent, as from an ancestor
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Word Origin and History for descendent
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