dominance

noun

dom·​i·​nance ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce dominance (audio)
ˈdäm-nən(t)s
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
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Word History

Etymology

see dominant entry 1

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dominance was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Dominance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominance. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dominance

noun
dom·​i·​nance ˈdäm-(ə-)nən(t)s How to pronounce dominance (audio)
: the fact or state of being dominant: as
a
: the dominant position of an individual in a series of social ranks or levels
b
: the property of one of a pair of alternate forms of a gene or character that prevents or masks expression of the other when both are present in the heterozygous condition
c
: the control or influence over the environment of an ecological community that a dominant has
d
: greater activity and usage of one of a pair of body parts (as the right hand compared to the left hand)

Medical Definition

dominance

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