predominant

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adjective pre·dom·i·nant \-nənt\

Definition of predominant

  1. 1 :  having superior strength, influence, or authority :  prevailing

  2. 2 :  being most frequent or common

Examples of predominant in a Sentence

  1. Religion is the predominant theme of the play.

  2. She is predominant among new writers.

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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

Middle 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

dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling. a dominant social class predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence. a predominant emotion paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction. unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect. preponderant evidence in her favor

PREDOMINANT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of predominant for English Language Learners

  • : more important, powerful, successful, or noticeable than other people or things


PREDOMINANT Defined for Kids

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adjective pre·dom·i·nant \pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt\

Definition of predominant for Students

  1. :  greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority a predominant view the predominant flavors



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