Definitions

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

  • adjective Reigning; ruling.
  • adjective Predominant.
  • adjective Widespread; prevalent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Reigning; exercising regal authority by hereditary right.
  • Ruling; predominant; prevalent; having the chief power.

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

  • adjective Exercising regal authority; reigning.
  • adjective Having the chief power; ruling; predominant; prevalent.

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

  • adjective exercising power or authority

Etymologies

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

[Probably from Middle English, a sovereign, from Old French, from Latin rēgnāns, rēgnant-, present participle of rēgnāre, to reign, from rēgnum, reign; see reign.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French regnant and its source, the present participle of Latin regnāre.

Examples

  • "regnant" to be altogether satisfactory; and there are many similar extravagances and inaccuracies.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861

  • 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.

    Jonathan D. Moreno: Are We Still a Nation of Science?

  • The book's subtitle delineates precisely Mary's predicament: Born a princess in 1516 with an excellent education and formidable pedigree, she was declared illegitimate after her parents 'divorce but later crowned as England's first queen regnant.

    Three books on British royals

  • But the star of the show and the regnant monarch of tall buildings is Dubai's Burj Khalifa also by SOM.

    Heights of Fancy

  • The book's subtitle delineates precisely Mary's predicament: Born a princess in 1516 with an excellent education and formidable pedigree, she was declared illegitimate after her parents 'divorce but later crowned as England's first queen regnant.

    Three books on British royals

  • He was the spirit of regnant labor as he stood there, his hands outreaching to rend and crush his audience.

    Chapter 5: The Philomaths

  • We cannot address the abortion problem without addressing our national sexual ethic, which has evolved from the ancient tradition that sex belongs in marriage, to the briefly regnant social norm that sex belongs in committed relationships, to the current standard that sex belongs wherever I want it to belong.

    Dr. David P. Gushee: Abortion, American Culture And The Limits Of Law

  • 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.

    Jonathan D. Moreno: Are We Still a Nation of Science?

  • We cannot address the abortion problem without addressing our national sexual ethic, which has evolved from the ancient tradition that sex belongs in marriage, to the briefly regnant social norm that sex belongs in committed relationships, to the current standard that sex belongs wherever I want it to belong.

    Dr. David P. Gushee: Abortion, American Culture And The Limits Of Law

  • But it still gives us a visceral thrill, like the trumpets and timpani in a symphony by Beethoven, because it reminds us of some of the greatest chapters of our species, when humanism was regnant.

    Designs for NYC's Park51 Islamic center show a literally enlightened building

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