descendant mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Fr. descendant (13c.), prp. of descendre (see DESCEND (Cf. descend)). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. DEPENDANT (Cf. dependant).

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  • descendant — descendant, ante [ desɑ̃dɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • v. 1260; de descendre 1 ♦ Qui descend, est issu d un ancêtre. Ligne descendante (opposé à ascendante) . N. Personne qui est issue d un ancêtre. ⇒ enfant, petits enfants; neveu; descendance. « Ces… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • descendant — descendant, ante 1. (dè san dan, dan t ) adj. 1°   Qui descend, qui va en bas. •   Serait ce abuser de la permission de conjecturer que de supposer qu il y a aussi un suc descendant ou dont la direction est en sens opposé ?, BONNET Consid. corps… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Descendant — or Descendent may refer to: Lineal descendant, a blood relative in the direct line of descent Collateral descendant, a relative descended from a brother or sister of an ancestor Descendant (astrology), the point directly opposite from the… …   Wikipedia

  • descendant — de·scen·dant also de·scen·dent /di sen dənt/ n: a blood relative of a later generation Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. descendant …   Law dictionary

  • Descendant — De*scend ant, a. [F. descendant, p. pr. of descendre. Cf. {Descendent}.] Descendent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Descendant — De*scend ant, n. One who descends, as offspring, however remotely; correlative to ancestor or ascendant. [1913 Webster] Our first parents and their descendants. Hale. [1913 Webster] The descendant of so many kings and emperors. Burke. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • descendant — descendant, descendent In BrE descendant is the noun and descendent is the adjective, but in AmE either form is used in both cases …   Modern English usage

  • descendant — or descendent Those persons who are in the blood stream of the ancestor. Term means those descended from another, persons who proceed from a body of another such as a child or grandchild, to the remotest degree; it is the opposite of ascendants …   Black's law dictionary

  • descendant — [dē sen′dənt, disen′dənt] adj. [ME descendaunt < OFr descendant < L descendens, prp. of descendere: see DESCEND] descending: also descendent n. 1. a person who is an offspring, however remote, of a certain ancestor, family, group, etc. 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Descendant —   [engl.], Abkömmling …   Universal-Lexikon

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