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Having the quality of descending (literal and figurative); characterized by downward movement or tendency. Opposed to ascensive. Now somewhat rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From post-classical Latin descensivus (in music, of pitch) descending, having the quality of descending from classical Latin dēscēns-, past participial stem of dēscendere + -ivus.
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