Meaning of ascendant

as•cend•ant

Pronunciation: (u-sen'dunt), [key]
— n.
  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. 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.
—adj.
  1. ascending; rising.
  2. superior; predominant.
  3. directed or curved upward.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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