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English adjective: ascendant

1. ascendant tending or directed upward

SamplesRooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage.

Synonymsascendent, ascensive



2. ascendant most powerful or important or influential

SamplesThe economically ascendant class.
D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe.

Synonymsascendent, dominating


Antonymssubordinate, low-level

English noun: ascendant

1. ascendant (state) position or state of being dominant or in control

SamplesThat idea was in the ascendant.


Broader (hypernym)ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance

2. ascendant (person) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Synonymsancestor, antecedent, ascendent, root

Broader (hypernym)relation, relative

Narrower (hyponym)ancestress, father, forbear, forebear, forefather, foremother, primogenitor, progenitor, sire

Antonymsdescendant, descendent

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