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An example use of descent in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… who is of Mexican descent you have a lot …”
Descent means the act of going down or coming down.
the word descent occurs in english on average 7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.