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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of prevail.


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prevail + -eth


  • DEMOCRATIE, and that prevaileth which is most agreeable to the senses and conceits of people.

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • But nevertheless it doth fascinate, and bind hand and foot, those that are either shallow in judgment, or weak in courage, which are the greatest part; yea and prevaileth with wise men at weak times.

    The Essays

  • From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • In such a case small liberality was shown in those days, even as now prevaileth, the object of all in authority being to be hard upon those who are out of it.


  • But the principal of these is direction, for claudus in via antevertit cursorem extra viam; and Solomon excellently setteth it down, “If the iron be not sharp, it requireth more strength, but wisdom is that which prevaileth,” signifying that the invention or election of the mean is more effectual than any enforcement or accumulation of endeavours.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • And, therefore, the present filling the imagination more, reason is commonly vanquished; but after that force of eloquence and persuasion hath made things future and remote appear as present, then upon the revolt of the imagination reason prevaileth.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • “That the pretended succession of wits hath been evil placed, forasmuch as after variety of sects and opinions the most popular and not the truest prevaileth and weareth out the rest; being the sixth chapter.”

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • And whereas a man may say, though in universall consideration of doctrine, the Poet prevaileth, yet that the Historie in his saying such a thing was done, doth warrant a man more in that he shall follow.

    Defence of Poesie

  • I never knew one contend earnestly for a toleration of dissenters, but was so himself; nor any for their suppression, but were themselves of the persuasion which prevaileth: for if otherwise, this latter would argue a Circumcellion [130] fury, willfully to seek their own ruin; the former so much charity, and commiseration of the condition of mortality as in these days would procure of the most no other livery but a fool's coat.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • It is a dangerous sign of the dominion of sin, when, after a conviction of their necessity, it prevaileth unto a neglect of those ways and duties which are peculiarly suited, directed, and ordained, unto its mortification and destruction.

    A Treatise of the Dominion of Sin and Grace


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