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[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt] /prɪˈdɒm ə nənt/
having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
preponderant; prominent:
a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
Origin of predominant
1570-80; < Medieval Latin praedominant- (stem of praedomināns), present participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominant
Related forms
predominantly, adverb
Can be confused
predominant, predominate.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See dominant. Unabridged
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  • Sprugeon was quite sure that the Castle influence was predominant.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Elsewhere than in India the claims of Time were predominant.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Infrequent spelling of "Plotinus" changed to the predominant "Plotinos."

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • In all this a predominant and lugubrious impression of keys and bolts.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
  • Of a truth the virtue of loyalty has not been the predominant feature of the Anglo-Saxon races.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Cheerfulness, gay confidence in his own powers, is his predominant trait.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for predominant


having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
prevailing; prominent
Derived Forms
predominance, predominancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for predominant

1570s, from Middle French prédominant (14c.), from Medieval Latin *praedominantem (nominative praedominans), present participle of *praedominare, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + dominari "to rule" (see dominate). Related: Predominantly.

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