Synonyms and Antonyms of prevailing

  1. 1 accepted, used, or practiced by most people <the principal disagrees with the prevailing attitude toward corporal punishment> Synonyms conventional, customary, going, popular, current, prevalent, standard, stock, usualRelated Words average, common, everyday, normal, ordinary; regular, routine; epidemic, ubiquitous, universal, widespread; accustomed, wonted; fashionable, in, modish, stylishNear Antonyms abnormal, exceptional, extraordinary, uncommonAntonyms nonstandard, unconventional, unpopular, unusual

  2. 2 held by or applicable to a majority of the people <the prevailing custom here is to leave one's doors unlocked> Synonyms common, majority, overall, popular, general, public, received, ruling, vulgarRelated Words unanimous, universal; pop; everyday, familiar, household, usual, well-known; contemporary, current, present; dominant, predominant, preponderant; characteristic, typical; pandemic, pervasive, prevalent, rife, widespread; communal, sharedNear Antonyms rare, strange, unknown, unusual; distinctive, especial, idiosyncratic, peculiar, special, unique; individual, separate, singular; nonpublic, personal, privateAntonyms uncommon, unpopular

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a principle or belief held by a group

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