What does ascendant mean?

Definitions for ascendant
əˈsɛn dəntas·cen·dant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ascendant, ascendent(noun)

    position or state of being dominant or in control

    "that idea was in the ascendant"

  2. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root(adj)

    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

  3. ascendant, ascendent, ascensive(adj)

    tending or directed upward

    "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin

  4. ascendant, ascendent, dominating(adj)

    most powerful or important or influential

    "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"


  1. ascendant(Noun)

    Being in control.

  2. ascendant(Noun)

    An ancestor (antonym of descendant)

  3. ascendant(Adjective)

    Rising, moving upward.

  4. ascendant(Adjective)

    Surpassing or controlling.

  5. Origin: From ascendant, from ascendens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ascendant(noun)

    ascent; height; elevation

  2. Ascendant(noun)

    the horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune

  3. Ascendant(noun)

    superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another

  4. Ascendant(noun)

    an ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant

  5. Ascendant(adj)

    alt. of Ascendent

  6. Origin: [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr. of ascendere.]


  1. Ascendant

    The ascendant, or rising sign, is the zodiacal sign and degree that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the specific time and location of an event. According to astrological theory, celestial phenomena reflect or determine human activity on the principle of 'as above so below'. Thus astrologers believe that the ascendant signifies a person's awakening consciousness, in the same way that the Sun's appearance on the eastern horizon signifies the dawn of a new day. Because the ascendant is specific to a particular time and place, to astrologers it signifies the individual environment and conditioning that a person receives during their upbringing, and also the circumstances of their childhood. For this reason astrologers believe that the ascendant is also concerned with how a person has learned to present him or herself to the world, especially in public and in impersonal situations. To astrologers, in some circumstances, it can function as a shield or mask to guard a person's real nature - in other words the 'defense mechanism' every person has to cope with unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. Astrologers believe the ascendant also has a strong bearing on a person's physical appearance and overall health.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ascendant

    The part of the ecliptic above the horizon.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascendant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ascendant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ascendant in a Sentence

  1. John Browning:

    Both numbers point to expansion and are significantly higher than expectations. For the moment the China recovery story is in the ascendant.

  2. Dorothea Brande:

    The most enviable writers are those who, quite often unanalytically and unconsciously, have realized that there are different facets to their nature and are able to live and work with now one, now another, in the ascendant.

  3. Joshua Henne:

    This is yet another canary in the coal mine for both November and the years ahead, you can look back four years to around now when Eric Cantor was knocked off and what that meant for an ascendant wing on the right. This is a big deal.

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  • изгряващ, власт, влияние, възходящ, издигащ се, предшественик, господствуващBulgarian
  • ascendenteSpanish
  • esi-isä, nousevaFinnish
  • प्रबलHindi
  • 상승Korean
  • strămoș, predecesorRomanian
  • ప్రాబల్యంTelugu
  • ลัคนาThai
  • چڑھاوUrdu

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