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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for dominancy
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  • True, the war was lost so far as any hope of winning European dominancy was concerned.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox
  • dominancy within the human kind must be secured at all costs.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • There could be no greater proof of the dominancy of Mr. Cowen's mind, than his establishment and devotion to the Chronicle.

  • The centers of exchange, distribution and commerce, located in great cities, will gradually lose their dominancy.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • Devoted alone to the dominancy of passion, whether it point to the right or to the wrong?

  • The dominancy of heredity in these patterns is sometimes very striking.

    Science and the Criminal C. Ainsworth Mitchell
  • The dominancy of heredity through these infinite varieties is sometimes very striking.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
  • Their church is nothing if not absolute, and dominancy is their aim.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • During its dominancy the victim respects neither law not convention; the goal is his only object.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • They believe that wealth is a power which can raise the wealthy few to the dominancy of a privileged class.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
British Dictionary definitions for dominancy


control; ascendancy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dominancy



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dominancy in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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