Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having greatest ascendancy, importance, influence, authority, or force. See Synonyms at dominant.
  • adj. Most common or conspicuous; main or prevalent: the predominant color in a design.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. common or widespread; prevalent
  • adj. significant or important; dominant
  • n. A subdominant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the ascendency over others; superior in strength, influence, or authority; prevailing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Predominating; ruling; controlling: exerting power, authority, or influence; superior; ascendant.
  • In heraldry, occupying the whole field, to the exclusion of all bearings, as any tincture: thus, or predominant signifies a shield entirely gold, with no bearings of any description. [Rare.]

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. most frequent or common
  • adj. having superior power and influence

Etymologies

Medieval Latin praedomināns, praedominant-, present participle of praedominārī, to predominate; see predominate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But, as I wish to guard against the possibility of misleading by this classification, it is proper first to remind the Reader, that certain poems are placed according to the powers of mind, in the Author's conception, predominant in the production of them; _predominant_, which implies the exertion of other faculties in less degree.

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  • Nor shall I discuss which race was there for the longest period in predominant position.

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  • The name predominant in both minds had been mentioned.

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  • Moore says he heard from critics as often as from fans, especially in response to a recurring sketch, "Dialing Shiffletts," in which he singled out folks with a name predominant in rural areas.

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  • The government is paying 75 \% of the costs to build a cathedral for the long-term predominant use and exclusive benefit of one private entity, in exchange for limited immediate financial benefit, hoped-for "psychic" benefits of keeping the team in town, and potential (but never-fully-realized) downstream economic benefits of a neighborhood and area revival.

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  • Here I will mention only that in experiences of a mystical, intuitive type, the universal aspect is predominant, that is, the invasion of the consciousness by a wider Reality.

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  • The issues of greatest concern reflect Americans 'longstanding "me first" attitude on the environment -- that is, their predominant concern about environmental problems that affect them directly.

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  • In some countries, most notably Venezuela, this vintage left-wing, anti-American fervor is not small, but is predominant, which is what has led that country to be under the repressive thumb of Fidel Castro-copy Hugo Chavez, whose primary interest in attending this Latin American regional summit seems to be to lure Bush and the U.S. into some sort of game of childish taunts rather than doing something constructive to aid his impoverished, unstable country.

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  • The former, defined as predominant or exclusive care for the practice of right, is represented by Semitic and Arab influence, Korânic and Hadîsic.

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  • The one we are guilty of, and which is the cause of all our other sins, is called our predominant sin or our ruling passion.

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