descendant

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

n a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race

Synonyms:
descendent
Antonyms:
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root
someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
Types:
child
a member of a clan or tribe
scion
a descendent or heir
Type of:
relation, relative
a person related by blood or marriage

adj going or coming down

Synonyms:
descendent
descending
coming down or downward

adj proceeding by descent from an ancestor

Synonyms:
descendent
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

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