Definition of predominant
1 : having superior strength, influence, or authority : prevailing
2 : being most frequent or common
Examples of predominant in a sentence
Religion is the predominant theme of the play.
She is predominant among new writers.
predominant vs. predominate
Something predominant stands out above all the rest. The predominant theme in an essay is the one that predominates—the main idea that the writer wants to express. (Notice the difference between the adjective and the verb; be sure not to spell the adjective with an -ate ending.) The word is widely used in many fields. For example, the predominant language of Switzerland is German; the predominant cause of obesity in children is a bad diet; and your predominant reason for wanting a larger vocabulary may be to simply be a better-educated person—though the positive effects of a large vocabulary on one's romantic life are well known.
Origin and Etymology of predominant
Medieval French, from Medieval Latin praedominant-, praedominans, present participle of praedominari to predominate, from Latin prae- + dominari to rule, govern — more at dominate
First Known Use: 1576
Synonym Discussion of predominant
PREDOMINANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predominant for English Language Learners
: more important, powerful, successful, or noticeable than other people or things
PREDOMINANT Defined for Kids
Definition of predominant for Students
: greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority <a predominant view> <the predominant flavors>
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