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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Punjab had long enjoyed prosperity because of its predominance in the army and military. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, "What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan," 9 Aug. 2019 In this ongoing experiment, the first results of which were reported last year, scientists at T2K are studying the way these neutrinos flip in an effort to explain the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. Quanta Magazine, "Neutrinos Suggest Solution to Mystery of Universe’s Existence," 12 Dec. 2017 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

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First Known Use of predominance

1592, in the meaning defined above

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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