prepotent


pre·po·tent

adjective \-tənt\

Definition of PREPOTENT

1
a :  having exceptional power, authority, or influence
b :  exceeding others in power
2
:  exhibiting genetic prepotency
pre·po·tent·ly adverb

Origin of PREPOTENT

Middle English, from Latin praepotent-, praepotens, from prae- + potens powerful — more at potent
First Known Use: 15th century

pre·po·tent

adjective \-ˈpōt-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PREPOTENT

1
: exhibiting genetic prepotency : dominant
2
: having priority over other response tendencies especially by virtue of maturational primacy, recentness of emission or evocation, repetition with positive reinforcement, or greater motivational charge <the prepotent response is that with the greatest immediately effective habit strength>

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