Definition of dominance
1 : the fact or state of being dominant: such asa 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 rivalsb 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 conditionc 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
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 of dominance from the Web
The male chacma are about twice the size of females and aggressively fight one another and engage in howling competitions to establish dominance.
A nosetackle in Buffalo who’s excited about the new regime, and a Vikings linebacker who sees dominance ahead in Minnesota. •
The company stopped reporting sales of the console entirely, officially a move to emphasize use of the Xbox Live subscription gaming service, but to some a capitulation to Sony’s dominance.
My child was screaming in fear, my husband (at this point, dealing with advanced brain cancer), leaped and grabbed Buster, flipped him on his back to assert dominance, and berated him.
And this has to be viewed not just in its implications for the grocery vertical, but is this amplifying Amazon’s online dominance into the physical retail space?
The result marks the end of an era of dominance for France’s mainstream parties.
Horowitz's charity launched a group called Students for Academic Freedom, framing it as a counterweight to the dominance of the left in high schools and on college campuses.
The vote is a bellwether of national politics ahead of general elections in 2018 as Hun Sen seeks to sustain his three decades of dominance.
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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 Definition of dominance
: the fact or state of being dominant: asa: the relative position of an individual in a social hierarchy—compare pecking orderb: the property of one of a pair of alleles or traits that suppresses expression of the other in the heterozygous conditionc: functional asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (as the right and left hands)
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