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Meaning of descent

de•scent

Pronunciation: (di-sent'), [key]
— n.
  1. the act, process, or fact of descending.
  2. a downward inclination or slope.
  3. a passage or stairway leading down.
  4. derivation from an ancestor; lineage; extraction.
  5. any passing from higher to lower in degree or state; decline.
  6. a sudden raid or hostile attack.
  7. transmission of real property by intestate succession.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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