adjective pre·dom·i·nant \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt , -ˈdäm-nənt \
|Updated on: 22 Jul 2018

Definition of predominant

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

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.

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

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


Definition of predominant for English Language Learners

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

PREDOMINANT Defined for Kids


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

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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