prepotent

adjective

pre·​po·​tent (ˌ)prē-ˈpō-tᵊnt How to pronounce prepotent (audio)
1
a
: having exceptional power, authority, or influence
b
: exceeding others in power
2
: exhibiting genetic prepotency
prepotently adverb

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepotent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prepotent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prepotent. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

prepotent

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