descent
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French descente, from Anglo-French descendre Date: 14th century 1. a. derivation from an ancestor ; birth, lineage <
of French descent
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b. transmission or devolution of an estate by inheritance usually in the descending line c. the fact or process of originating from an ancestral stock d. the shaping or development in nature and character by transmission from a source ; derivation 2. the act or process of descending 3. a step downward in a scale of gradation; specifically one generation in an ancestral line or genealogical scale 4. a. an inclination downward ; slope b. a descending way (as a downgrade or stairway) c. obsolete the lowest part 5. a. attack, invasion b. a sudden disconcerting appearance (as for a visit) 6. a downward step (as in station or value) ; decline <
descent of the family to actual poverty
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