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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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 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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The predominant strain at the beginning of the season was an H3N2. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Last year’s flu was brutal—killing 80,000—but vaccine did better than expected," 27 Sep. 2018 As Myfanwy, Greenwell gets the hardest task, having to balance her character’s predominant panic and confusion with her more capable facade at work. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Supernatural Spy Story Goes Dark in The Rook," 2 July 2019 The Supreme Court has called for very close scrutiny of a state’s actions when race was shown to be the predominant reason in creating legislative districts. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Justices dismiss appeal in Virginia racial gerrymandering case," 17 June 2019 Art imitated life, and during this time nautical fiction was a predominant literary genre. Eric Desatnik, Quartz, "We should care more about the deep sea than we do deep space," 20 June 2019 Second, the party organization, rather than candidates or outside interest groups, would be the predominant agent for financing political campaigns. Jay Cost, National Review, "Restoring Congress: The Parties Are a Solution," 17 June 2019 The three years of violent skirmishes between the rebels and Niger’s army had the effect of vaporizing the predominant industry. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 His predominant interest was in raising tumbling and homing pigeons, which reminded him of his childhood in Turkey. courant.com, "Joseph A. Gonenc," 13 June 2019 His predominant tone of voice is melancholy, the tone of voice of a man who has been present for a great horror and lived to tell the tale. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now," 13 June 2019

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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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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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