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.
Recent Examples on the Web Newark’s very nickname, the Brick City, is because of the predominance of these massive housing projects that wealthier towns in New Jersey did not want in their communities or neighborhoods. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Cory Booker on the Future of Police Reform," 5 June 2020 However, some thinkers, such as Herder and Denis Diderot, questioned sight’s predominance. Chunjie Zhang, The Conversation, "What’s lost when we’re too afraid to touch the world around us?," 17 Apr. 2020 Once football gets mentioned, heads turn with territorial rights at stake because of the predominance of football once the calendar turns to fall. Scott Springer,, "OHSAA Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass talks high school sports amid coronavirus pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 The predominance of finance and the winner-take-all structure of the high-tech industry mean that disparities of wealth and power will only grow. John B. Judis, Washington Post, "I was a ’60s socialist. Today’s progressives are in danger of repeating my generation’s mistakes.," 21 Jan. 2020 Many a geneticist, however, would identify carrots’ recessive gene, and selective breeding, as explaining the predominance of the orange variety, rather than any links with the struggle for Dutch independence. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, "The Anything but Humble Carrot," 18 Feb. 2020 Any state that goes first is likely to have its own economic driver that will take predominance. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate," 10 Feb. 2020 And though Buddhism was given predominance in Sri Lanka’s post-independence constitution, freedom to practice other religions was also enshrined. Washington Post, "Buddhist nationalists claim victory in Sri Lankan election," 27 Nov. 2019 China is working to end U.S. military predominance in Asia, and likely beyond. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "China’s Maritime Strategic Challenge," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Predominance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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