Parent vs Descendant - What's the difference?

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In biology|lang=en terms the difference between parent and descendant

is that parent is (biology) an organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended while descendant is (biology) a later evolutionary type.

As nouns the difference between parent and descendant

is that parent is one of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father while descendant is (literally) one who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.

As a verb parent

is to act as parent, to raise or rear.

As an adjective descendant is

descending from a biological ancestor.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

parent

English

(wikipedia parent)

Noun

(en noun)
  • One of the two persons from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.
  • My twin sister says she loves our parents , but honestly, I dislike them .
  • * c. 1595 , (William Shakespeare), The Tempest , First Folio 1623, I.2:
  • my trust / Like a good parent , did beget of him / A falsehood in it's contrarie, as great / As my trust was, which had indeede no limit, / A confidence sans bound.
  • *
  • And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind [...].
  • * 2005 , Siobhan O'Neill, The Guardian , 24 Aug 2005:
  • The NHS is naturally pro-immunisation, reassuring parents that their babies can easily cope with these jabs.
  • A person who acts as a parent in rearing a child; a step-parent or adoptive parent.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. […] It is the starving of the public sector which has been pivotal in America no longer being the land of opportunity – with a child's life prospects more dependent on the income and education of its parents than in other advanced countries.}}
  • (obsolete) A relative.
  • The source or origin of something.
  • * 1785 , (Thomas Jefferson), Notes on the State of Virginia :
  • Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry.
  • (biology) An organism from which a plant or animal is immediately biologically descended.
  • (label) Sponsor, supporter, owner, protector.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, section=chapter 5 , passage=The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.}}
  • # A parent company.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them
  • (computing) The object from which a child or derived object is descended; a node superior to another node.
  • Synonyms

    * (person from whom one is descended) progenitor * mother

    Antonyms

    * (person from whom one is descended) child, offspring * child

    Hyponyms

    * (person from whom one is descended) father, mother

    Derived terms

    * parentage * parental * parentdom * parenthood * parentish * parentless * parentlike * parently * parentness * parentship * parent company

    Verb

  • To act as parent, to raise or rear.
  • Derived terms

    * parenting

    References

    See also

    * foster

    Anagrams

    * 1000 English basic words ----

    descendant

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • descending from a biological ancestor.
  • proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source.
  • Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Alternative forms

    * descendent

    Antonyms

    * ascendant, ascendent, ascending

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (literally) One who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
  • ''The patriarch survived many descendants : five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.
  • (figuratively) A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
  • ''This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants .
  • (biology) A later evolutionary type.
  • ''Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.
  • (linguistics) A language that is descended from another.
  • English and Scots are the descendants of Old English.
  • (linguistics) A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
  • * 1993 , Jens Elmegård Rasmussen, “The Slavic i''-verbs with an excursus on the Indo-European ''?''-verbs”, in Bela Brogyanyi and Reiner Lipp (editors), ''Comparative-Historical Linguistics , John Benjamins Publishing, ISBN 978-90-272-3598-5, page 479:
  • The direct descendant of this form is the Slavic aorist: Sb.-Cr. n?s?'', ''d?nos? .

    Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Synonyms

    * * *

    Antonyms

    * ascendant * ancestor * forebear

    Derived terms

    * direct descendant * indirect descendant

    See also

    * offspring * offshoot * progeny ----