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Dictionary definition for: Ascendant

1. (n) position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"

2. (s) tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin

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

4. (s) most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class" "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"

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