prevalent


prev·a·lent

adjective \ˈpre-və-lənt, ˈprev-lənt\

: accepted, done, or happening often or over a large area at a particular time : common or widespread

Full Definition of PREVALENT

1
archaic :  powerful
2
:  being in ascendancy :  dominant
3
:  generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored :  widespread
prevalent noun
prev·a·lent·ly adverb

Examples of PREVALENT

  1. a custom that was once prevalent here
  2. Those teaching methods are still prevalent at some schools.
  3. a fashion that is prevalent among teenagers
  4. Sweden is known as a nation ridden by suicide and alcoholism, but those problems are no more prevalent here than in most European countries. —John Harris, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2002

Origin of PREVALENT

Latin praevalent-, praevalens very powerful, from present participle of praevalēre
First Known Use: 1576

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