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descent

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descent/dɪˈsɛnt/noun
pluraldescents
descent
/dɪˈsɛnt/
noun
pluraldescents
Learner's definition of DESCENT  
formal
[count]  : the act or process of descending: such as
: the act or process of going from a higher to a lower place or level — usually singular
— opposite ascent
   b  : the act or process or changing to a worse state or condition
[count]  : a way of going down something : a downward slope, path, etc.
[noncount]  : the people in your family who lived before you were born : your ancestors
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