- a position of dominance or controlling influence: possession of power, superiority, or preeminence: With his rivals in the ascendant, he soon lost his position.
- an ancestor; forebear.
- Astrology. 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.
- ; rising.
- superior; predominant.
- Botany. directed or curved upward.
- proceeding upwards; rising
- dominant, superior, or influential
- botany another term for
- rare an ancestor
- a position or condition of dominance, superiority or control
- astrology (sometimes capital)
- a point on the ecliptic that rises on the eastern horizon at a particular moment and changes as the earth rotates on its axis
- the sign of the zodiac containing this point
- in the ascendant increasing in influence, prosperity, etc
late 14c., ascendent, astrological use is earliest, from Middle French ascendant (noun and adjective) and directly from Latin ascendentem (nominative ascendans), present participle of ascendere “to mount, ascend, go up” (see ). Sense “moving upward, rising” is recorded from 1590s. In the ascendant “ruling, dominant” (not, as is often thought, “rising”) is from 1670s.