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

archaic :  powerful
:  being in ascendancy :  dominant
:  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


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


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