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ascendent  n.  
Position or state of being dominant or in control. "That idea was in the ascendant".
Synonyms: ascendant.
Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent).
Synonyms: ancestor, ascendant, antecedent.

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"Ascendent" Quotes from Famous Books

... of debate. In the fifth century before Christ—the first century of democracy—great orators arose, for without the power and the opportunity of defending himself against accusation no man could hold an ascendent position. Socrates insisted upon the gift of oratory for a general in the army as well as for a leader in political life. In Athens the courts of justice were numerous, and those who could not defend themselves were obliged to secure the services of those who were trained in the use of public ...
— Beacon Lights of History, Volume I • John Lord

... with feigned complaint, "Think you not that your rigid rules for the journey might have stopped short of hopeless celibacy for all of us?—Why a moon like that and Venus ascendent unless to ...
— The Flute of the Gods • Marah Ellis Ryan

... that portion of our flight, and directly they became aware of us they ran headlong. It was clear that the knowledge of our strength and violence had reached them. Our way to the exterior was unexpectedly plain. The spiral gallery straightened into a steeply ascendent tunnel, its floor bearing abundant traces of the mooncalves, and so straight and short in proportion to its vast arch, that no part of it was absolutely dark. Almost immediately it began to lighten, and then far off and high up, and quite ...
— The First Men In The Moon • H. G. Wells

... on record these individual tendencies of the short story, I should be overdrawing the picture if I did not call attention to what general tendencies are in the ascendent. The supernatural element is prominent among these. Stories of ghosts, spiritualism and reincarnation are becoming increasingly popular with authors, especially with the type I have described as A. This is interesting, ...
— The Best British Short Stories of 1922 • Edward J. O'Brien and John Cournos, editors

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