- descent [dē sent′, disent′]n.[ME descent < OFr descente < descendre: see DESCEND]1. a descending; coming down or going down2. lineage; ancestry3. one generation (in a specified lineage)4. a downward slope5. a way down or downward6. a sudden attack, raid, or invasion (on or upon)7. a decline; fall8. a stooping (to an act)9. Law transference (of property) to heirs or offspring by inheritance
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.