Legal Definition of descendant
- Those person who are born of, or from children of, another are called that person's descendants. Grandchildren are descendants of their grandfather as children are descendants of their natural parents. The law also distinguishes between collateral descendants and lineal descendants.
Definition of descendant
Middle English dessendaunte, from Middle French, from Latin dēscendēns, present participle of descendere, itself from dē + scandere ("climb, ascend").
descendant (comparative more descendant, superlative most descendant)
- descending from a biological ancestor
- proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source
- ascendant, ascendent, ascending
descendant (plural descendants)
- (literally) One who is the progeny of someone at any distance of time
The patriarch survived many descendants: five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.
- (figuratively) One which derives directly from a given precursor or source
This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants
- (biology) A later evolutionary type
Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.
- direct descendant
- indirect descendant
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