predominant

adjective
pre·​dom·​i·​nant | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt How to pronounce predominant (audio) , -ˈdäm-nənt\

Definition of predominant

1 : having superior strength, influence, or authority : prevailing
2 : being most frequent or common

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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 vs. Predominate

Predominant and predominate are synonymous adjectives. Predominant is the older and much more common form. A number of handbooks and commentators hold predominate to be a mistake—a few insisting that the word is only a verb. But they are wrong. As an adjective predominate is somewhat more likely to turn up in technical writing than in general writing. The adverbs predominantly and predominately are a more even match in frequency than their base adjectives are, although predominantly is still significantly more common than predominately.

Examples of predominant in a Sentence

Religion is the predominant theme of the play. She is predominant among new writers.

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According to Ayurveda, every individual is born with one predominant dosha due to their psychological and physiological characteristics, which are considered inextricably linked. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From CBD to Sex-Positivity, the 8 Biggest Wellness Trends of 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 In 2016, another panel tossed out two majority black congressional districts initially drawn in 2011, saying there was no justification for using race as the predominant factor in forming them. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Federal court again orders North Carolina congressional districts redrawn," 27 Aug. 2018 This is the predominant difference between keto and traditional lower-carb diets like Atkins. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Fitness data, workout, and training plans are the predominant focal points. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Vying with nostalgia as the predominant fashion trend of the year is anything—or anyone—royal. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nostalgia Is Officially the Biggest Fashion Trend of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 The predominant limestone and sandstone walls in Mammoth Cave tend to reflect sound in aesthetically pleasing ways. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Even the modular prefab, certainly a rising trend, is still far from becoming the predominant form of residential construction. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where the ‘home of the future’ goes from here," 10 Sep. 2018 It's become increasingly apparent that snakeskin prints are a predominant trend for fall 2018. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Rihanna Wore Fall's Snakeskin Trend As Only Rihanna Can," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of predominant

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predominant

Middle French, from Medieval Latin praedominant-, praedominans, present participle of praedominari to predominate, from Latin prae- + dominari to rule, govern — more at dominate

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predominant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of predominant

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

predominant

adjective
pre·​dom·​i·​nant | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt How to pronounce predominant (audio) \

Kids Definition of predominant

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

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