Simple Definition of dominant
: more important, powerful, or successful than most or all others
: most common
biology : causing or relating to a characteristic or condition that a child will have if one of the child's parents has it
Full Definition of dominant
1 a : commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others <the dominant culture> b : very important, powerful, or successful <a dominant theme> <a dominant industry>
2 : overlooking and commanding from a superior position <a dominant hill>
3 : of, relating to, or exerting ecological or genetic dominance
4 : being the one of a pair of bodily structures that is the more effective or predominant in action <dominant eye>
Examples of dominant in a sentence
The company is now dominant in its market.
It is the dominant culture in the region.
the dominant female of the pack
Origin of dominant
Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin dominant-, dominans, present participle of dominari
First Known Use: circa 1532
Synonym Discussion of dominant
Definition of dominant
1 : the fifth tone of a major or minor scale
2 a : a dominant genetic character or factor b : any of one or more kinds of organism (as a species) in an ecological community that exerts a controlling influence on the environment and thereby largely determines what other kinds of organisms are present c : a dominant individual in a social hierarchy
First Known Use of dominant
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Definition of dominant for Students
1 : controlling or being more powerful or important than all others <The team is dominant in its league.>
2 : being or produced by a form of a gene that prevents or hides the effect of another form <A dominant gene produces brown eye color.>
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