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[dom-uh-nuh ns] /ˈdɒm ə nəns/
rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
the condition of being dominant.
Psychology. the disposition of an individual to assert control in dealing with others.
Animal Behavior. high status in a social group, usually acquired as the result of aggression, that involves the tendency to take priority in access to limited resources, as food, mates, or space.
Neurology. the normal tendency for one side of the brain to be more important than the other in controlling certain functions, as speech and language.
Also, dominancy.
Origin of dominance
First recorded in 1810-20; domin(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nondominance, noun
self-dominance, noun Unabridged
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  • He was the symbol of a race abruptly exalted from inferiority to dominance.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • But that, in their eras of dominance, they were almost as firmly believed in as if they had been proved.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • And how the nothingness of these was made more emphatic by the dominance of that!

  • It consists in the dominance of the Will over all conscious states.

  • His dominance of the night before, in the library, had returned.

    No Clue James Hay
British Dictionary definitions for dominance


control; ascendancy
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Word Origin and History for dominance

1819; see dominant + -ance. Related: Dominancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dominance in Medicine

dominance dom·i·nance (dŏm'ə-nəns)
The condition or state of being dominant.

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