Ascendancy vs Leverage - What's the difference?

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Ascendancy is a related term of leverage.

As nouns the difference between ascendancy and leverage

is that ascendancy is the process or period of one's ascent while leverage is a force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.

As a verb leverage is

(transitive|chiefly|us|slang|business) to use; to exploit; to take full advantage (of something).


Alternative forms

* ascendency


  • The process or period of one's ascent
  • Supremacy; superiority; dominant control; the quality of being in the ascendant
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Tottenham 0 - 0 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Spurs ended the half in the ascendancy and Van der Vaart was again inches away from giving them the lead when he met Bale's cross but his header flew wide.}}
  • A class of Protestant landowners and professionals that dominated political and social life in Ireland up to the early 20th century
  • * [W. B. Yeats] belonged not to the ascendancy class but to the protestant bourgeoisie.'' – Terry Eagleton, ''New Left Review , 1975
  • Derived terms

    * ascendance






  • A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.
  • A crowbar uses leverage to pry nails out of wood.
  • By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.
  • Try using competitors’ prices for leverage in the negotiation.
  • (finance) The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk.
  • Leverage is great until something goes wrong with your investments and you still have to pay your debts.
  • *
  • (business) The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.
  • Their variable-cost-reducing investments have dramatically increased their leverage .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=The former Forest man, who passed a late fitness test, appeared to use Guy Moussi for leverage before nodding in David Fox's free-kick at the far post - his 22nd goal of the season.}}


    * (force compounded by a lever) mechanical advantage * (use of borrowed fund) financial leverage * (ability to earn high returns from high capacity utilization) operating leverage


  • (transitive, chiefly, US, slang, business) To use; to exploit; to take full advantage (of something).
  • Derived terms

    * leveraged buyout


    * (take full advantage of) exploit, use