Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Greater in power, influence, or force than another or others; predominant.
  • adjective Genetics Of, having, or exhibiting prepotency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preëminent in power, influence, force, or efficiency; prevailing; predominant.
  • Highly endued with potentiality or potential power.
  • In biology, exhibiting or possessed of prepotency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Very powerful; superior in force, influence, or authority; predominant.
  • adjective (Biol.) Characterized by prepotency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Very powerful; superior in force, influence, or authority; predominant.
  • adjective biology Characterized by prepotency.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin praepotēns, praepotent-, present participle of praeposse, to be more powerful : prae-, pre- + posse, to be able or powerful; see poti- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Named after the prepotent Thoroughbred foundation sire Eclipse (1764-1789), the Eclipse Awards are awarded annually and are a joint undertaking of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association (NTWBA).

    Liz O'Connell: And the Winners Are ...

  • Named after the prepotent Thoroughbred foundation sire Eclipse (1764-1789), the Eclipse Awards are awarded annually and are a joint undertaking of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association (NTWBA).

    Liz O'Connell: And the Winners Are ...

  • I "love" how everyone say: "Oh! I hope Puertorricans are smart" "Oh, I hope Puertorricans are intelligent" Who do you prepotent Americans think you are?!?!?!

    Clinton rallies union in Puerto Rico

  • And unless I make haste to circumvent this prepotent beast I am lost without recourse; and how well saith the poet,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I say, "Non ragionam di lor, ma guarda e passa" The meanness of that additional day in your sentence shows how prepotent authorities have become even in America, and public opinion how intolerant.

    'The Letters of George Santayana'

  • So when you start -- and we cannot be so prepotent on having all the answers.

    Jaime Lerner sings of the city

  • So when you start -- and we cannot be so prepotent on having all the answers.

    Jaime Lerner sings of the city

  • So when you start -- and we cannot be so prepotent on having all the answers.

    Jaime Lerner sings of the city

  • At Banana and Boma it is particularly good; at Porto da Lenha it is half water, but the agents dare not complain, for the reason which prevents them offering “spliced grog” to the prepotent negro.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Even though we always acted with all the necessary firmness, at no time during the negotiating process did we utter an arrogant, prepotent, or boasting word.

    Castro Honors Internationalists, Views Socialism

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