prepotent

adjective
pre·​po·​tent | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈpō-tᵊnt How to pronounce prepotent (audio) \

Definition of prepotent

1a : having exceptional power, authority, or influence
b : exceeding others in power
2 : exhibiting genetic prepotency

Other Words from prepotent

prepotently adverb

First Known Use of prepotent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prepotent

Middle English, from Latin praepotent-, praepotens, from prae- + potens powerful — more at potent

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“Prepotent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prepotent. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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prepotent

adjective
pre·​po·​tent | \ -ˈpōt-ᵊnt How to pronounce prepotent (audio) \

Medical Definition of prepotent

1 : exhibiting genetic prepotency : dominant
2 : having priority over other response tendencies especially by virtue of maturational primacy, recentness of emission or evocation, repetition with positive reinforcement, or greater motivational charge the prepotent response is that with the greatest immediately effective habit strength

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