dominance

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noun dom·i·nance \ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s, ˈdäm-nən(t)s\

Definition of dominance

  1. 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 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 conditionc ecology :  the influence or control over ecological communities exerted by a dominant (see 2dominant 2b)

  2. 2 biology :  functional (see functional 1b) asymmetry between a pair of bodily structures (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>

Origin and Etymology of dominance

see 1dominant


First Known Use: 1819


DOMINANCE Defined for Kids

dominance

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noun dom·i·nance \ˈdä-mə-nəns\

Definition of dominance for Students

  1. :  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

  1. :  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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