Definition of dominance
1 : the fact or state of being dominant: as a : dominant position especially in a social hierarchy b : the property of one of a pair of alleles or traits that suppresses expression of the other in the heterozygous condition c : the influence or control over ecological communities exerted by a dominant
2 : functional asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (as the right and left hands)
Examples of dominance in a sentence
<although Napoléon had achieved dominance over the European continent, Great Britain still ruled the waves>
<the professor's dominance in the field of ancient Greek history>
First Known Use of dominance
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Definition of dominance for Students
: the state or fact of being in control of or having more power than another <The largest wolf had dominance over the pack.>
Medical Definition of dominance
: the fact or state of being dominant: asa: the relative position of an individual in a social hierarchy—compare pecking orderb: the property of one of a pair of alleles or traits that suppresses expression of the other in the heterozygous conditionc: functional asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (as the right and left hands)
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