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prevailing

[pri-vey-ling] /prɪˈveɪ lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
predominant:
prevailing winds.
2.
generally current:
the prevailing opinion.
3.
having superior power or influence.
4.
Origin of prevailing
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; prevail + -ing2
Related forms
prevailingly, adverb
prevailingness, noun
unprevailing, adjective
Synonyms
1. preponderant, preponderating, dominant; prevalent. 2. common. 4. effective.
Antonyms
2. rare.
Synonym Study
2. See current.

prevail

[pri-veyl] /prɪˈveɪl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally:
Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
2.
to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate:
Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
3.
to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually followed by over):
They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
4.
to succeed; become dominant; win out:
to wish that the right side might prevail.
5.
to use persuasion or inducement successfully:
He prevailed upon us to accompany him.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English prevayllen to grow very strong < Latin praevalēre to be more able, equivalent to prae- pre- + valēre to be strong; see prevalent
Related forms
prevailer, noun
Synonyms
2. preponderate. 3. overcome.
Antonyms
3. lose.
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  • For they were in hopes of prevailing upon my father to forbid his visits.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • No human being but YOU could have any chance of prevailing with her.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • I will see Mr Adams, and I make no doubt of prevailing with him.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • For long weeks these were to be the prevailing conditions in our homeward march.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • My reader must not imagine that the prevailing silence of the house oppressed me.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for prevailing

prevailing

/prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
generally accepted; widespread: the prevailing opinion
2.
most frequent or conspicuous; predominant: the prevailing wind is from the north
Derived Forms
prevailingly, adverb

prevail

/prɪˈveɪl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
often foll by over or against. to prove superior; gain mastery: skill will prevail
2.
to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
3.
to exist widely; be in force
4.
often foll by on or upon. to succeed in persuading or inducing
Derived Forms
prevailer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for prevailing
adj.

1590s, "vigorous;" 1680s, "widely accepted," present participle adjective from prevail (v.).

prevail

v.

c.1400, "be successful; be efficacious," from Old French prevaleir (Modern French prévaloir) and directly from Latin praevalere "be stronger, have greater power," from prae "before" (see pre-) + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant). Spelling in English perhaps influenced by avail. Related: Prevailed; prevailing.

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