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prevailing

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 accepted, used, or practiced by most people
  • the principal disagrees with the prevailing attitude toward corporal punishment

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2 held by or applicable to a majority of the people
  • the prevailing custom here is to leave one's doors unlocked

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prevailing

verb
present participle of prevail

Synonyms & Antonyms of prevailing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to achieve victory (as in a contest)
  • we shall prevail despite the overwhelming odds

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2 to continue to operate or to meet one's needs
  • a custom that still prevails in many areas of Africa

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“Prevailing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/prevailing. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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