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predominant

[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt] /prɪˈdɒm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
2.
preponderant; prominent:
a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
Origin of predominant
1570-1580
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.
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  • American formal culture is, and has been, from the beginning, predominantly English.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The animal, predominantly, desires the good of self: the Divine, the good of others.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • Their fancy was, predominantly, for the bizarre and the extravagant.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • Seitz recognises 75 species of which about a dozen are predominantly white.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • The religion was predominantly a worship of gods, rather than of spirits.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for predominantly

predominantly

/prɪˈdɒmɪnəntlɪ/
adverb
1.
for the most part; mostly; mainly

predominant

/prɪˈdɒmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
2.
prevailing; prominent
Derived Forms
predominance, predominancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for predominantly

predominant

adj.

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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