Examples of prevalent in a Sentence
- Sweden is known as a nation ridden by suicide and alcoholism, but those problems are no more prevalent here than in most European countries. —John Harris, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2002
- Teams seem to him better coached, players more skilled, the strategy even more defensive, the opportunities less prevalent, the game less ripe. —Alec Wilkinson, ESPN, 16 Apr. 2001
- So prevalent were grave robberies that the pharaohs' loyal retainers often spirited away their masters' remains for reinterment in secret graves. —Paul Martin, National Geographic Traveler, March 1999
- Throughout the Mediterranean culture, which was the matrix of our own, the tree was a prevalent embodiment of the Mother Goddess; … —Francis DuPlessix Gray, UTNE Reader, November/December 1987
a custom that was once prevalent here
Those teaching methods are still prevalent at some schools.
a fashion that is prevalent among teenagers
Recent Examples of prevalent from the Web
Another now-prevalent invasive fish species in the Great Lakes, the round goby, is offering a new food stock for many types of sport fish, including lake trout, steelhead and Atlantic salmon.
Recurring nightmares, or bad dreams where the same theme or events play out, are especially prevalent among trauma survivors and people with PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Arts, humanities and social science majors are more prevalent on elite campuses than at second-tier colleges, where students tend to pick vocational majors like business, education and health.
Carved from bass wood by collaborator Drew Michael, Ellis was preparing to paint it with an abstract representation of one of Alaska's most prevalent diseases.
In fact, rumors of their feud have been so loud and prevalent through the years that many pop stars have weighed in with their own thoughts.
All the many anecdotes aside, an important question remains: How prevalent is coercion?
The problem is more prevalent among black families, where 22.5 percent of households are food insecure, and Hispanic families, where 18.5 percent of households don’t get enough to eat.
That attitude is prevalent on the Democratic side of the ledger too.
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Many diseases that were prevalent a century ago have been controlled by advances in medicine. Smallpox was prevalent on several continents for many centuries, and when Europeans brought it with them to the Americas, it killed more American Indians than the armed settlers did. But prevalent doesn't just describe diseases. One ideal of male or female beauty may be prevalent in a particular society and quite a different ideal in another. In the 1950s and '60s, there was a prevalent notion that if you went swimming less than an hour after eating you might drown because of stomach cramps—which goes to show that not every prevalent idea is exactly true.
Origin and Etymology of prevalent
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsconventional, customary, going, popular, prevailing, current, standard, stock, usual
Antonymsnonstandard, unconventional, unpopular, unusual
Related Wordsaverage, common, everyday, normal, ordinary; regular, routine; epidemic, ubiquitous, universal, widespread; accustomed, wonted; fashionable, in, modish, stylish
Near Antonymsabnormal, exceptional, extraordinary, uncommon
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