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1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon. The constellation . . . About that time ascendant. (Browne)

2. Rising; ascending.

3. Superior; surpassing; ruling. An ascendant spirit over him. (South) The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth. (j. S. Mill) Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . No man could possibly hold an ascendent position. (Grote) Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).