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dominant idea in Medicine

dominant idea n.
An idea that governs all the actions and thoughts of the individual.

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  • No doubt the fact that his dominant idea had been a beautiful and a peaceful one had greatly served to help him through.

    The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • The importance of health is a dominant idea in the whole nation.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • The indifference of a man who is absorbed in one dominant idea had set its stamp of eccentricity on everything.

    The Commission in Lunacy Honore de Balzac
  • Such is the dominant idea of the western world, at least in these our days.

  • How do ‘expectancy’ and the ‘dominant idea’ explain this experience, which Mr. Aïdé has published in the Nineteenth Century?

  • The dominant idea with him was ever the preservation of the Union.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
  • The first I call a sketch, viz., I determine the dominant idea of the book, and the elements required to develop this idea.

  • He was evidently sick and faint, but to restore his garments was for the moment the dominant idea.

    Witness to the Deed George Manville Fenn
  • His manner was calm, perfectly self-possessed, and his mind seemed to be dwelling upon one dominant idea.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • It followed from the dominant idea which gave the film its unity and its raison d'être.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc

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