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predominant

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adjective pre·dom·i·nant \-nənt\

Simple Definition of predominant

  • : more important, powerful, successful, or noticeable than other people or things

Full Definition of predominant

  1. 1 :  having superior strength, influence, or authority :  prevailing

  2. 2 :  being most frequent or common

Examples of predominant

  1. Religion is the predominant theme of the play.

  2. She is predominant among new writers.



Origin of predominant

Middle French, from Medieval Latin praedominant-, praedominans, present participle of praedominari to predominate, from Latin prae- + dominari to rule, govern — more at dominate


First Known Use: 1576

Synonym Discussion of predominant

dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling <a dominant social class>. predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence <a predominant emotion>. paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction <unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign>. preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect <preponderant evidence in her favor>.

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PREDOMINANT Defined for Kids

predominant

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adjective pre·dom·i·nant \pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt\

Definition of predominant

  1. :  greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority <a predominant view> <the predominant flavors>





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