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

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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

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Internal communications the lawmakers are seeking include those related to Google's 2007 acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick – which critics often point to as pivotal to Google's advertising dominance. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "Congress asks Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon for documents in Big Tech bipartisan probe," 13 Sep. 2019 How Nick Saban identifies and successful recruits players like Lee and Harris is the secret to Alabama’s prolonged dominance of college football. Joseph Goodman, al, "Where does Nick Saban find these freshmen?," 3 Sep. 2019 Disney’s The Lion King also roars its way to summer box office dominance, still taking the third place spot in its seventh week of release. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "'Angel Has Fallen' wins second weekend running at box office to close out sluggish summer," 1 Sep. 2019 Before now, her commercial power has not translated to dominance of streaming, a situation not helped by her albums being either unavailable for long periods of time or not available immediately on streaming platforms. M.h., The Economist, "What Taylor Swift’s pivot to streaming reveals about the music industry," 28 Aug. 2019 In football, the NCL has seen Archbishop Hoban rise to dominance with four straight OHSAA state championships. Matt Goul,, "North Coast League disbanding in football, remaining intact for other sports," 20 Aug. 2019 Security in major cities in southern Xinjiang has visibly eased somewhat, including in Hotan, Yarkand and Kashgar, all centers of Uighur traditions and resistance to Chinese dominance. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China Said It Closed Muslim Detention Camps. There’s Reason to Doubt That.," 9 Aug. 2019 Flaring is also a critical part of America’s rise to global energy dominance. Randy Diamond,, "Texas Oil and Gas Regulators Allow Flaring Even Though Pipeline Could Carry Natural Gas," 7 Aug. 2019 All of this is in addition to the company’s dominance of e-commerce, boasting a 38 percent share of all online purchases last year, per research firm eMarketer. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Amazon sunk its talons into your home," 12 July 2019

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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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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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