pre·​dom·​i·​nant·​ly | \pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt-lē, -ˈdäm-nənt-\

Definition of predominantly 

: for the most part : mainly

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Where there are now hulking brick warehouses, predominantly in the Missouri River-adjacent West Bottoms neighborhood, there were once acres of stockyards; the corporatized remnants of a prairie past. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Just last month, the court ruled 5-4 – with retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority – that Trump acted legally and constitutionally in banning travelers from five predominantly Muslim nations. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power may stir controversy," 12 July 2018 The Christian family fled religious persecution in Burma, a predominantly Muslim country. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Teen who drowned in Hillsdale Lake was Burmese refugee who was providing for family," 11 July 2018 Last month, the Supreme Court — in a 5-4 ruling — upheld the ban on travel to the United States from seven countries that are predominantly Muslim. Lisa Cianci,, "Florida Muslim civil rights group launches 'know your rights' tour," 6 July 2018 The Facebook accounts that were taken down were predominantly in French and Russian while the Instagram accounts were largely in English, the company said Monday. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "No Significant Foreign Interference Seen on Midterm Vote," 7 Nov. 2018 His outrage over the issue seemed to stem from the school's apparent targeting of natural hairstyles predominantly worn by black women. Amira Rasool, Allure, "A Black Student’s Elementary School Reportedly Sent Her Home for Wearing Box Braids," 22 Aug. 2018 On Friday, the Asian Voices editor at the Huffington Post, Kimberly Yam, took to Twitter to explain, in an emotional eight-part thread, exactly what seeing a cast of predominantly East Asian descent in the film meant to her. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Crazy Rich Asians Is Officially Opening-Weekend Box Office Gold," 19 Aug. 2018 Because at the time, in the predominantly Mexican and Mexican-American city of Los Angeles, pencil-thin brows weren’t seen as a fashion statement—they were seen as a gang affiliation, marking you as a chola (a female gang member). Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "I'm Latina, and I Find Rihanna's Skinny Brows Problematic," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of predominantly

1829, in the meaning defined above

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