Pronunciation: (u-sen'dunt), [key]
1. a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence: With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
2. an ancestor; forebear.
3. Astrol.the point of the ecliptic or the sign and degree of the zodiac rising above the eastern horizon at the time of a birth or event: the cusp of the first house.
1. ascending; rising.
2. superior; predominant.
3. Bot.directed or curved upward. Also,as•cend'ent.
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