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ascendancy

noun
     
as‧cen‧dan‧cy , ascendency [uncountable] formal
a position of power, influence, or control [↪ ascendant]:
moral ascendancy
ascendancy of
the ascendancy of nationalist forces
ascendancy over
Butler established ascendancy over his critics.
He slowly gained ascendancy in the group.
in the ascendency
a teaching method that is currently in the ascendancy

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