Adjective "ascendant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Rising in power or influence.
  1. 'Vast fortunes were made and an already wealthy city became the ascendant center of power in the new United States.'
  2. 'The uneasy ceasefire between an authoritative church and an ascendant political class may be at an end.'
  3. 'Fair or not, that is the ascendant view of the moment.'
  4. 'Political and power compulsions were ascendant.'
  5. 'The strategic decision by the United States to try and convince the Shah to share some of his power with the ascendant middle class was the result of a combination of factors.'
  6. 'This was something of a milestone in Hollywood history, signaling the ascendant power of the producer over the director.'
  7. 'The ascendant ideologies of domestic and foreign security share a nexus in privileging the rights of a state over the collective rights of its citizens.'
  8. 'The contradictions between an ascendant democratic movement and a timeworn media oligarchy are extreme.'
  9. 'The growth of the exercise phenomenon was inexorably bound up with the ascendant women's movement.'
  10. 'During this period the conception of excessive drinking as a moral problem, as a vice demanding punishment, remained ascendant over the notion of alcoholism as a disease requiring treatment.'
(of a planet, zodiacal degree, or sign) on or close to the intersection of the ecliptic with the eastern horizon.
  1. 'Obviously, if the ascendant sign could be either of two signs, this greatly affects the evaluation.'
  2. 'The Astrofaces research project seeks to verify astrology for modern science with photographs grouped by the sun, moon and ascendant signs of the subjects.'


The point on the ecliptic at which it intersects the eastern horizon at a particular time, typically that of a person's birth.
  1. 'A neutral Saturn would probably err on the side of maturity through the Capricorn ascendant.'
  2. 'He was certainly unaware of Pluto transiting the 1066 ascendant at the time of Cromwell's birth.'


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. Astrology. 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. adjective

4. ascending; rising.

5. superior; predominant.

6. Botany. directed or curved upward.

More examples(as adjective)

"factions can be ascendant."

"takes can be ascendant."

"stars can be ascendant."

"rhetorics can be ascendant."

"profits can be ascendant."

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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ascendent- ‘climbing up’, from the verb ascendere (see ascend).


in the ascendant