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Adjective ascendent has 2 senses
  1. ascendant, ascendent, ascensive - tending or directed upward; "rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage"- John Ruskin
    Antonym: descending (indirect, via ascending)
  2. ascendant, ascendent, dominating - most powerful or important or influential; "the economically ascendant class"; "D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"
    Antonyms: subordinate, low-level (indirect, via dominant)
Noun ascendent has 2 senses
  1. ascendant, ascendent - position or state of being dominant or in control; "that idea was in the ascendant"
    --1 is a kind of dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control
  2. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    --2 is a kind of relative, relation
    --2 has particulars:
     ancestress; forebear, forbear; forefather, father, sire; foremother; progenitor, primogenitor
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