In mathematics, the ascending chain condition (ACC) and descending chain condition (DCC) are finiteness properties satisfied by some algebraic structures, most importantly ideals in certain commutative rings. These conditions played an important role in the development of the structure theory of commutative rings in the works of David Hilbert, Emmy Noether, and Emil Artin.
The conditions themselves can be stated in an abstract form, so that they make sense for any partially ordered set. This point of view is useful in abstract algebraic dimension theory due to Gabriel and Rentschler.
A partially ordered set (poset) P is said to satisfy the ascending chain condition (ACC) if no infinite strictly ascending sequence
:a_1 < a_2 < a_3 < \cdots
of elements of P exists.
Equivalently, every weakly ascending sequence
:a_1 \leq a_2 \leq a_3 \leq \cdots,
of elements of P eventually stabilizes, meaning that there exists a positive integer n such t