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predominant

adjective pre·dom·i·nant \-nənt\

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

Full Definition of PREDOMINANT

1
:  having superior strength, influence, or authority :  prevailing
2
:  being most frequent or common
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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>.

Rhymes with PREDOMINANT

PREDOMINANT Defined for Kids

predominant

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

Definition of PREDOMINANT for Kids

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

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