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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESCENDANTS

The fate of the ancestor had been typical of that of his descendants.

It is doubtful whether Palaeolithic man has left any descendants.

Sir, may we know who are the descendants of the New England kidnappers?

Each individual, therefore, continues to live in his descendants.

It is our duty to our descendants to contribute as far as is in our power to its accomplishment.

Her descendants down to the present time number 834 persons.

What can we expect from the descendants of a population so completely degenerate?

Descendants, named Sallee, now live in Kentucky and Tennessee.

And yet, they deserve more than this from us, their descendants.

These amphibians are evidently the descendants of some of the fishes of the Devonian times.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c. (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from French descendant (13c.), present participle of descendre (see descend). Despite a tendency to use descendent for the adjective and descendant for the noun, descendant seems to be prevailing in all uses and appears 5 times more often than its rival in books printed since 1900. Cf. dependant.

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