pre·​dom·​i·​nance | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce predominance (audio) , -ˈdäm-nən(t)s\

Definition of predominance

: the quality or state of being predominant

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Examples of predominance in a Sentence

a group of young reformers who have gained predominance within the government The tribe fought to maintain its predominance.

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In addition to sitting and listening, patrons will be encouraged to chat with the musicians, engage with a visual art project and ponder the historical predominance of male composers. Zachary Lewis,, "Neave Trio brings women composers into foreground for ‘Underground Classical’," 10 June 2019 The predominance of the North in all this reflects the relative default of the South. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Some meteorites show a slight predominance of left-handed amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, suggesting that the influence came from outer space. Quanta Magazine, "New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start," 26 Nov. 2014 Apart from the predominance of duffel bags and moving boxes, yellow ribbons and fatigues, his could be snapshots of any working-class home. Lori Waxman,, "Inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial offers veterans a welcoming home," 5 June 2019 The timing of Everything is Love points to the couple's desire for dominion over the summer -- one already filled with high-profile releases -- and predominance over the culture. Max Cea, Billboard, "With 'Everything Is Love,' Beyoncé and JAY-Z Flex on Kanye West and the World," 17 June 2018 France has always had that predominance in architecture. Washington Post, "Death and glitter: Gucci hosts France show in Roman ruins," 2 June 2018 Lung cancer incidence rates for all age groups of women and men converged among blacks and Asians/Pacific Islanders and crossed to female predominance among Hispanics ages 40 to 49, according to the study authors. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Younger American women more likely to get lung cancer than men," 24 May 2018 The main surprise was the predominance of accidents in good weather and good light on marked trails. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Science of Why We Fall on Mountain Trails," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of predominance

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of predominance was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of predominance

: the state of being more powerful or important than other people or things
: a situation in which there is a greater number or amount of a particular type of person or thing than of other people or things


pre·​dom·​i·​nance | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nəns How to pronounce predominance (audio) \

Kids Definition of predominance

: the quality or state of being greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority a predominance of errors

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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