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 The focus on the British variant is understandable, given its predominance among the variants., 8 Apr. 2021 These rates also show that the gap between Black men and women can, in part, be explained by Black men’s predominance in production industries, such as manufacturing and construction, which tend to show bigger gaps between White and Black workers. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Many national news organizations have recently observed that states with a predominance of registered Republican voters correlate with lower overall vaccination rates. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 Though there are viable biomedical explanations for why more women than men develop long Covid, this female predominance is often construed as evidence supporting a psychosomatic explanation. Diane O'leary, STAT, 24 Apr. 2021 The predominance of payday loan operations in poor neighborhoods, along with furniture leasing outlets and the like, speaks not only to the cash-short nature of residents, but also to their susceptibility to hucksters. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Global environmental groups are concerned that the predominance of Russian state fossil fuel giants in developing the region may lead to environmental concerns being swept aside. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 Dhingra examines the predominance of Indian Americans in U.S. motel ownership and their marginalization — as well as their success — as part of the American immigrant experience. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Our ability to maintain predominance over vast swaths of the globe — the Americas and the Middle East and South Asia and East Asia — is waning along with our singular economic might. Damon Linker, TheWeek, 9 Dec. 2020

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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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2 Jun 2021

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“Predominance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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