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

Definition of predominantly

: for the most part : mainly

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Recent Examples on the Web Balls were a place for predominantly black and Latino members of the LGBTQ community to participate in drag competitions in various categories, playing up the performative nature of gender. Los Angeles Times, "Jameela Jamil comes out as queer after her casting on a TV series caused an uproar," 5 Feb. 2020 For half a century, the citizens of Coal Run, Ohio — a predominantly black unincorporated community — were denied public water service. NBC News, "HUD's fair housing policies could promote further racial discrimination, experts say," 22 Jan. 2020 Many people in Cincinnati’s medical and predominantly African American communities are also mourning an advocate for quality prenatal care, Anita Brentley, who died Saturday after struggling with cancer for several years. Mark Curnutte,, "Local leaders remember Judge Nathaniel Jones: 'Legendary litigator,' 'thoughtful,' 'principled'," 26 Jan. 2020 In one case, the group made a fake bomb threat to the Alfred Street Baptist Church, a predominantly African American church in Alexandria, Virginia. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "FBI arrests man suspected of orchestrating dozens of “swatting” calls," 14 Jan. 2020 Perhaps more than any other individual, General Suleimani was the foil for American plans in Iraq, which like Iran is predominantly Shiite. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Qassim Suleimani, Master of Iran’s Intrigue, Built a Shiite Axis of Power in Mideast," 3 Jan. 2020 Iran wields extensive political influence in predominantly Shiite Iraq, where Soleimani's Quds Force built up and armed militias that targeted U.S. troops. NBC News, "Iran's options for retaliation against the U.S. and Americans span the globe," 3 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of pro-Iranian protesters marched through an area of the Iraqi capital that is usually restricted, with members of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, a coalition of predominantly Shiite militias, among them. Kareem Khadder, Arwa Damon And Angela Dewan, CNN, "Protesters try to storm US embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes," 31 Dec. 2019 Drafting a new election law has been a key demand for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who’ve taken to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite south since Oct. 1., "BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Parliament approved a new election law on Tuesday aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in Parliament.," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of predominantly

1829, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2020

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“Predominantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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