dom·​i·​nance | \ ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce dominance (audio) , ˈdäm-nən(t)s \

Definition of dominance

1 : the fact or state of being dominant: such as
a sociology : controlling, prevailing, or powerful position especially in a social hierarchy (see hierarchy sense 4) male dominance political dominance companies competing for dominance in the market dominance over their rivals
b genetics : the property of one of a pair of alleles or traits that suppresses expression (see expression sense 1b(4)) of the other in the heterozygous condition
c ecology : the influence or control over ecological communities exerted by a dominant (see dominant entry 2 sense 2b)
2 biology : functional (see functional sense 1b) asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (such as the right and left hands) right brain dominance

Examples of dominance in a Sentence

although Napoléon had achieved dominance over the European continent, Great Britain still ruled the waves the professor's dominance in the field of ancient Greek history
Recent Examples on the Web It’s against this run of dominance that Cincinnati tiptoes onto the biggest stage ever given to a team outside the five major conferences. USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022 While the Packers’ ability to survive close games has been admirable, history shows their lack of dominance could be a concern in the postseason. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Dawkins is encouraged by the glimpses of dominance Buffalo has shown, starting with its most recent outing, a 33-27 overtime loss at Tampa Bay. Mark Heim |, al, 19 Dec. 2021 Carson Wentz won’t scare many defensive coordinators, but he isn’t being asked to do too much during the Colts’ recent stretch of dominance. C.j. Doon,, 8 Dec. 2021 When healthy, Syndergaard showed flashes of dominance. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 The book’s premise, of course, is that the Porsche 911 is the most successful sports car ever made, a claim that’s hard to argue given the model’s decades of dominance in motorsport and in dealer showrooms. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2021 Because of that defensive dominance throughout the season, Ngansi has been named the Howard County Times/Columbia Flier fall 2021 football Defensive Player of the Year. Jacob Steinberg,, 6 Jan. 2022 Green Bay will hope to re-establish that playoff dominance in the next month. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of dominance

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dominance

see dominant entry 1

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21 Jan 2022

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“Dominance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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dom·​i·​nance | \ ˈdä-mə-nəns How to pronounce dominance (audio) \

Kids Definition of dominance

: the state or fact of being in control of or having more power than another The largest wolf had dominance over the pack.


dom·​i·​nance | \ ˈdäm(-ə)-nən(t)s How to pronounce dominance (audio) \

Medical Definition of dominance

: the fact or state of being dominant: as
a : the relative position of an individual in a social hierarchy — compare pecking order
b : the property of one of a pair of alleles or traits that suppresses expression of the other in the heterozygous condition
c : functional asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (as the right and left hands)

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