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

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 One of the things that distinguishes this collection is the predominance of separates. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 19 July 2022 The predominance of fine western art and Navaho rugs underlines the fact that Caan went cowboy some time ago. Jean Vallely, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2022 But the structures of society remain tilted against people of color, helping to preserve white predominance, Greenidge and others said. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 From 50- to 90-year-old vines, this first wine of Angélus is unusual this year for its predominance of Cabernet Franc (60%) over Merlot (40%) in the blend. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The predominance of European American place names erases the histories of the Indigenous peoples who were here for millennia before colonizers forced them off their lands. Bonnie Mcgill, Scientific American, 22 Apr. 2022 Despite their predominance, the liberal and conservative arguments on the resurrection of Jesus are not the only approaches held among Baptists. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 Just take a look at those most affected by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the predominance of polluting coal plants in Chicago's south side or the rates of illness along the petrochemical corridor in Louisiana known as Cancer Alley. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 Or as if those sacrifices bestow no rights on their descendants, while Russian sacrifices somehow justify Moscow’s predominance. Tarik Cyril Amar, Time, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of predominance

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Predominance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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