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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 for granted.
Obama’s Real Wall Street Scheme Roger Martin January 21, 2010

Historical Examples

It is the leadership of orators; it is the ascendency of those who have a genius for talking.
Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson

There, two causes contributed to establish and keep it in the ascendency.
The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid

Who shall settle whether spiritual or temporal power should have the ascendency in the Middle Ages?
Beacon Lights of History, Volume V John Lord

The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

He didn’t like to yield and be humiliated before the man over whom he had retained so long an ascendency.
Ben’s Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger

He was quite aware of his own ascendency in counsel and his supremacy in debate.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

Besides, four fifths of the population were Catholics, and the Protestants could not reasonably expect to gain the ascendency.
A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon John Lord, A.M.

In June, ’71, the Democratic rule gained the ascendency at Concord.
The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences Hosea Quinby

the condition of being dominant, esp through superior economic or political power

alternative spelling of ascendancy (see -ance).

1712; see ascendant + -cy.


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