American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Reigning; exercising regal authority by hereditary right. The church of martyrs, and the church of saints, and doctors, and confessors, now regnant in heaven.
Jer. Taylor, Works (ed. 1835), II. 214.
- Ruling; predominant; prevalent; having the chief power.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exercising regal authority; reigning.
- adj. Having the chief power; ruling; predominant; prevalent.
- adj. exercising power or authority
- From Middle French regnant and its source, the present participle of Latin regnāre. (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Middle English, a sovereign, from Old French, from Latin rēgnāns, rēgnant-, present participle of rēgnāre, to reign, from rēgnum, reign; see reign. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“regnant" to be altogether satisfactory; and there are many similar extravagances and inaccuracies.”
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“He was the spirit of regnant labor as he stood there, his hands outreaching to rend and crush his audience.”
“Physics, engineering and chemistry were regnant, and biology was still largely observational rather than experimental, so the great debates about evolution and the origins of life were yet to come.”
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“It is a truism of kings—and of queens regnant—that the most valued counselor is the one who will dredge from our own minds the truth we already know but hesitate to speak.”
“With each word I speak, I am laying the road along which my daughter will walk to the throne as Queen regnant, accepted, loved, and trusted by her people.”
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