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.
Recent Examples on the Web Studies found that the two separate Covid-19 vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech were both effective against the U.K. variant, which was the predominant strain spreading in the U.S. NBC News, "Fauci says he expects vaccine supply to increase soon with Johnson & Johnson approval," 25 Feb. 2021 Most of those cases -- about 1,881 -- are of the variant first identified in the UK that the CDC has previously warned could become the predominant strain by next month. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "New coronavirus variant spotted in California raises alarm," 24 Feb. 2021 That is because there could be several days where freezing rain or sleet is a predominant precipitation type. Dave Epstein,, "Icy conditions with sleet and freezing rain are expected for Sunday and Tuesday," 13 Feb. 2021 In Israel, where the variant is now predominant, new cases, severe illnesses and hospitalizations have already dropped significantly in people over 65, a group that was given top priority for vaccines. New York Times, "Virus Variant First Found in Britain Now Spreading Rapidly in U.S.," 7 Feb. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that variant will become the predominant strain in the U.S. by March. NBC News, "Both Covid vaccine doses critical to stay ahead of variants, Fauci says," 8 Feb. 2021 Wood Mackenzie expects residential chargers to be the predominant mode of charging, making up 88% of the 416 million chargers expected globally by 2050. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, Presented by AHRI: Nuclear power spurned by House Democrats," 8 Feb. 2021 In Hindi, India's predominant language, there's a word that is sometimes used to describe a devastating incident. Kevin Canfield, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing,' by Sonia Faleiro," 5 Feb. 2021 But Greene has backup from Trump, still the party’s predominant political force, along with many other conservatives. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "As Dems threaten to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees, Texas GOPer signals future payback," 3 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of predominant was in 1576

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28 Feb 2021

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“Predominant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of predominant

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


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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