a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence:
With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
an ancestor; forebear.
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.
Botany. directed or curved upward.
Faced with an ascendant Newt Gingrich, the former Massachusetts governor took off the gloves, and went for the throat.
Mitt Romney Abandons Frontrunner Strategy Eleanor Clift December 10, 2011
Gay marriage is ascendant, driven by a rapidly shifting public opinion.
Exodus Closes, Marking Official End of the Ex-Gay Movement David Sessions June 20, 2013
Just last year, it seemed as if Hamas—with the Brotherhood dominating Egyptian electoral politics—might be ascendant.
Arab Spring Keeps Sending Hamas Packing Rachel Cohen July 11, 2013
Right now the two rock stars are ascendant and consuming all the oxygen.
The GOP’s Three to Beat Jill Lawrence August 14, 2011
Such a role would jibe with the aspirations of an ascendant Turkey, which is pushing for greater regional clout.
Turkey’s Man in Palestine Mike Giglio May 7, 2013
Whether the bad might have gained the ascendant, or the good triumphed, I know not.
Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
Still, anything was liable to happen when his unlucky star was in the ascendant.
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
Eppie, like the ascendant race again, made prompt and shameless use of the avowed and very apparent weakness.
The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
At any rate, for more than fifteen years of his reign the king was in the ascendant.
The Siege of Boston Allen French
Thus far every one has made money, as is always the case when speculation is in the ascendant.
Society, Manners and Politics in the United States Michael Chevalier
proceeding upwards; rising
dominant, superior, or influential
(botany) another term for ascending
(rare) an ancestor
a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
(astrology) (sometimes capital)
a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
the sign of the zodiac containing this point
in the ascendant, increasing in influence, prosperity, etc
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere “to mount, ascend, go up” (see ascend). Sense “moving upward, rising” is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant “ruling, dominant” (not, as is often thought, “rising”) is from 1670s.
to move, climb, or go upward; mount; rise: The airplane ascended into the clouds. to slant upward. to rise to a higher point, rank, or degree; proceed from an inferior to a superior degree or level: to ascend to the presidency. to go toward the source or beginning; go back in time. Music. to rise […]
the state of being in the ; governing or controlling influence; domination. noun the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power n. 1712; see ascendant + -cy.
the state of being in the ; governing or controlling influence; domination. Contemporary Examples Yet despite this, its ascendency is no less compelling than that of the Bay Area. Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay Joel Kotkin October 4, 2014 Talent has been on the ascendency for so long—30 years—it takes winning […]
a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence: With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position. an ancestor; forebear. 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 […]
a person or thing that ascends or causes ascension. Printing. the part of a lowercase letter, as b, d, f, h, that rises above x-height. a letter rising above x-height, as b, d, f, h, etc. Historical Examples The head of a stem (especially of an ascender) should be slightly wider than the foot (fig. […]