dominance

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noun dom·i·nance \ ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s , 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 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 1b(4)) of the other in the heterozygous condition
c ecology :the influence or control over ecological communities exerted by a dominant (see 2dominant 2b)
2 biology :functional (see functional 1b) asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (such as the right and left hands)
  • right brain dominance

Examples of dominance in a Sentence

  1. although Napoléon had achieved dominance over the European continent, Great Britain still ruled the waves

  2. the professor's dominance in the field of ancient Greek history

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DOMINANCE Defined for Kids

dominance

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noun dom·i·nance \ ˈdä-mə-nəns \

Definition of dominance for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

dominance

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noun dom·i·nance \ ˈdäm(-ə)-nən(t)s \

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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