Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    One who is descended from another; a person who proceeds from the body of another, such as a chlld, grandchild, etc., to the remotest degree. The term is the opposite of "ascendant," (q. v.) Descendants is a good term of description in a will, and includes all who proceed from the body of the person named; as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Amb. 307; 2 Hin Real. Prop. 242.