pre·​dom·​i·​nance pri-ˈdä-mə-nən(t)s How to pronounce predominance (audio)
: 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 The condition occurs in approximately 1 in every 3,000 to 4,000 births, with overwhelming predominance in males, according to the National Institute of Health. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 13 Mar. 2024 In optics, at least, the predominance of female artists helps the Grammys. Ben Sisario, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 The predominance of naval looks (see Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton menswear) suggests that pre-fall’s tempo was maintained by a kind of cruise control. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2024 The first decade of this century was a period in which Western predominance went largely unchallenged, and authorities in Africa had to be careful not to fall afoul of powerful Western actors. Comfort Ero, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 Diana’s disclosures of her private mental-health struggles were, Morgan’s depiction suggested, undertaken as strategic moves in yet another struggle—a battle for public-relations predominance over her estranged husband Charles, and the larger Royal Family. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 The predominance of grease in the American kitchen, coupled with the habits of hasty eating . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Oct. 2023 The predominance of black on the runways seemed to acknowledge the human condition while at the same time showing us how the imagination can soar, even in times of sadness. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2023 By concluding otherwise, South Carolina contends the district court confused the correlation of race and politics in South Carolina with the predominance of race. Michael Li, The New Republic, 2 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of predominance was in 1592

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“Predominance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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pre·​dom·​i·​nance pri-ˈdäm-ə-nən(t)s How to pronounce predominance (audio)
: the quality or state of being predominant

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