Definition of Descent

1. Noun. A movement downward.

Generic synonyms: Change Of Location, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Drop, Fall, Lightening, Set, Cascade, Shower, Sinking, Slide
Derivative terms: Descend

2. Noun. Properties attributable to your ancestry. "He comes from good origins"
Exact synonyms: Extraction, Origin
Generic synonyms: Ancestry, Derivation, Filiation, Lineage
Specialized synonyms: Full Blood

3. Noun. The act of changing your location in a downward direction.
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Jump, Parachuting, Dive, Nose Dive, Nosedive, Abseil, Rappel, Swoop, Crash Dive, Drop, Collapse, Flop

4. Noun. The kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors.
Exact synonyms: Filiation, Line Of Descent, Lineage
Generic synonyms: Family Relationship, Kinship, Relationship
Specialized synonyms: Bilateral Descent, Unilateral Descent
Derivative terms: Descend, Filiate

5. Noun. A downward slope or bend.
Exact synonyms: Declension, Declination, Decline, Declivity, Downslope, Fall
Specialized synonyms: Downhill, Steep
Generic synonyms: Incline, Side, Slope
Derivative terms: Decline, Decline, Decline, Declivitous, Fall
Antonyms: Ascent

6. Noun. The descendants of one individual. "His entire lineage has been warriors"

Definition of Descent

1. n. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.

Definition of Descent

1. Noun. An instance of descending ¹

2. Noun. A way down. ¹

3. Noun. A sloping passage or incline. ¹

4. Noun. Lineage or hereditary derivation ¹

5. Noun. A drop to a lower status or condition. ¹

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Definition of Descent

1. the act of descending [n -S]

Medical Definition of Descent

1. Synonym: descensus. 2. In obstetrics, the passage of the presenting part of the foetus into and through the birth canal. Origin: L. Descensus (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Descent

descending s
descending scapular artery
descending tract of trigeminal nerve
descensus ventriculi
descent (current term)

Literary usage of Descent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Differences between descent and purchase.—The difference, in effect, between the acquisition of an estate by descent and by purchase, consists principally ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Until the Law of 1855 was enacted, the right of the State to take the real estate of one who left no person in existence capable of acquiring it, by descent ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1870)
"descent OF THE TESTES. The testes, at an early period of fœtal life, are placed at the back part of the abdominal cavity, behind the peritoneum, ..."

4. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fritz-Gilbert Waters (1902)
"His descent, through the Bouchier family, from King Edw. III. is, of course, unquestioned. It appears by this pedigree that Robert ..."

5. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1873)
"OF TITLE BY descent. • WE have already considered the nature of real property, the different quantities of interest which may be had in it, ..."

6. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1922)
"The question now arises how far ideas of this sort have influenced the method of counting descent. When Lahontan asked some Canadian Indians the reason for ..."

7. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"As Congress had previously made the Arkansas statutes relating to descent and distribution applicable to the Indian Territory, the provision of Act June 30, ..."

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