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Definitions for descendant
dɪˈsɛn dəntde·scen·dant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. descendant, descendentadjective

    a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race

  2. descendant, descendentadjective

    going or coming down

  3. descendant, descendentadjective

    proceeding by descent from an ancestor

    "descendent gene"


  1. descendantnoun

    One who is the progeny of someone at any distance of time

    The patriarch survived many descendants: five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.

  2. descendantnoun

    One which derives directly from a given precursor or source

    This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants.

  3. descendantnoun

    A later evolutionary type

    Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.

  4. descendantadjective

    descending from a biological ancestor

  5. descendantadjective

    proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Descendantnoun

    The offspring of an ancestor; he that is in the line of generation at whatever distance.

    Etymology: descendant, Fr. descendens, Latin.

    The descendants of Neptune were planted there. Francis Bacon.

    O, true descendant of a patriot line,
    Vouchsafe this picture of thy soul to see. Dryden.

    He revealed his own will, and their duty, in a more ample manner than it had been declared to any of my descendants before them. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Descendantadjective


  2. Descendantnoun

    one who descends, as offspring, however remotely; -- correlative to ancestor or ascendant

  3. Etymology: [F. descendant, p. pr. of descendre. Cf. Descendent.]


  1. Descendant

    The descendant forms the cusp of the seventh house of the horoscope and refers to partners or relationships. The descendant is ruled by the seventh sign of the zodiac, Libra, and its ruler planet, Venus. The sign the seventh house is in is, for astrologers, the sign of people you are the most attracted by, you easily get along well with and you are most likely to start a love relationship with, if backed up by other zodiacal aspects.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of descendant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of descendant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of descendant in a Sentence

  1. Lauren Richardson:

    It appears in this case that they’re not particularly happy with the agreement, because obviously, if you’re the victim, or you’re the descendant of a victim, you really want the perpetrator to be held accountable, it’s not just about money.

  2. Kingman Brewster, Jr.:

    It is satisfying for the descendant of a dissident refugee from Elizabeth I to present his credentials to Elizabeth II.

  3. Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer III: What is an American?:

    What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange misture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a french woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations. He is an American.

  4. Edith Sitwell:

    Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.

  5. Ahn Chan-il:

    Kim Jong Un wants to break away from the past, as well as the Norths traditional cult of personality, he wants to come across and brand himself as a leader who is modern and competent, rather than a descendant of his predecessors.

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