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Ascendant

Ascendant
1. Ascent; height; elevation. Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant. (Temple)
2. (Science: astronomy) 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 persons life and fortune.
Hence the phrases to be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or influence, and lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant.
3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another. Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent. (Robertson)
4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; opposed to descendant.
Origin: f. Ascendant, L. Ascendens; p. Pr. Of ascendere.
Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).


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