pre·​dom·​i·​nant | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt How to pronounce predominant (audio) , -ˈdäm-nənt \

Definition of predominant

1 : having superior strength, influence, or authority : prevailing
2 : being most frequent or common

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dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant mean superior to all others in influence or importance. dominant applies to something that is uppermost because ruling or controlling. a dominant social class predominant applies to something that exerts, often temporarily, the most marked influence. a predominant emotion paramount implies supremacy in importance, rank, or jurisdiction. unemployment was the paramount issue in the campaign preponderant applies to an element or factor that outweighs all others in influence or effect. preponderant evidence in her favor

Predominant vs. Predominate

Predominant and predominate are synonymous adjectives. Predominant is the older and much more common form. A number of handbooks and commentators hold predominate to be a mistake—a few insisting that the word is only a verb. But they are wrong. As an adjective predominate is somewhat more likely to turn up in technical writing than in general writing. The adverbs predominantly and predominately are a more even match in frequency than their base adjectives are, although predominantly is still significantly more common than predominately.

Examples of predominant in a Sentence

Religion is the predominant theme of the play. She is predominant among new writers.
Recent Examples on the Web Agency staff said Moderna’s two-dose vaccine was 37% effective for 2- to 5-year-olds and 51% effective for children 6 to 23 months, in a study conducted when the Omicron variant was predominant. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The vaccine was estimated to be 76.8% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 for children ages 6 to 11 when the Delta variant was predominant. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 13 June 2022 Bustles and hourglass-enhancing silhouettes were also predominant during this era’s style. Frances Solá-santiago,, 3 May 2022 Global markets no longer believe that the dollar will be predominant as an investment and exchange medium even in the United States itself in the coming generation. Brian Domitrovic, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Pence teamed up with Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra, whose district’s located in the heavily red northern and western parts of the state, where Christian conservative voters are predominant. Fox News, 24 Apr. 2022 Tuesday’s study also found that during the time when omicron was predominant, the vaccine was 51 percent effective in preventing emergency room or urgent-care visits by 5- to 11-year-olds. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 The first is a predominant industry that allows for remote work. Anna Bahney, CNN, 30 May 2022 Yes, there is a predominant focus on these women, but the film is more nuanced. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of predominant

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predominant

Middle French, from Medieval Latin praedominant-, praedominans, present participle of praedominari to predominate, from Latin prae- + dominari to rule, govern — more at dominate

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“Predominant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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pre·​dom·​i·​nant | \ pri-ˈdä-mə-nənt How to pronounce predominant (audio) \

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: greater than others in number, frequency, strength, influence, or authority a predominant view the predominant flavors

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