Definition of descensive in English:

descensive

adjective

  • Having the quality of descending (literal and figurative); characterized by downward movement or tendency. Opposed to ascensive. Now somewhat rare.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

descensive

/dɪˈsɛnsɪv/