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Definition of Descendant

(noun) An individual descended from a particular individual (ancestor) or group.

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Descendant Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /dəˈsɛnd(ə)nt/
      • /diˈsɛnd(ə)nt/
    • British English
      • /dᵻˈsɛnd(ə)nt/
  • Syllabification: (de·scen·dant)

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Cite the Definition of Descendant

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “descendant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/descendant/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

descendant. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/descendant/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “descendant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/descendant/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“descendant.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/descendant/>.