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 for ascendency
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ascendency \As*cend"en*cy\, n.
     Governing or controlling influence; the state that exists
     when one person or group has power over another; domination;
     power.
     [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
  
           An undisputed ascendency.                --Macaulay.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Custom has an ascendency over the understanding.
                                                    --Watts.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Control; authority; influence; sway; dominion;
          prevalence; domination; dominance; ascendance;
          ascendence.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ascendency
      n 1: the state that exists when one person or group has power
           over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was
           really her attempt to make him pay attention to her" [syn:
           dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy,
           ascendency, control]

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