The word descendant refers to something that has come down. For example, everyone is a descendant, or the end of a line of ancestors, just as modern art is a descendant of past art that contributed to its style and technique.

The word descendant comes from the word "descend" which means to move in a downward direction. Note that the word can also be spelled with an "-ent" ending. Philosopher Herbert Spencer wrote, “The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.” Have you ever wondered what your descendants will know about you? Perhaps you could leave them your peanut butter and banana sandwich recipe.

Definitions of descendant
  1. noun
    a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
    synonyms: descendent
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    ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root
    someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    a member of a clan or tribe
    a descendent or heir
    type of:
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
  2. adjective
    going or coming down
    synonyms: descendent
    coming down or downward
  3. adjective
    proceeding by descent from an ancestor
    synonyms: descendent
    connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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