- widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
- having the superiority or ascendancy.
- Archaic. effectual or efficacious.
Origin of prevalent
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Examples from the Web for prevalent
Rape continues to be prevalent worldwide, particularly in areas of conflict and crisis.Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries
October 17, 2014
Sober and muted colors including shades of gray, one described in a local paper as ‘Battleship,’ were prevalent.How World Wars Made Females More Androgynous
July 22, 2014
Smelters focusing on recycled materials are prevalent in Japan and Europe, according to Duran.Helter Smelter No More: Moving to Conflict Free Minerals
June 26, 2014
Although not as prevalent, other people on Twitter shared my sentiment.No, Miss Indiana’s Body Isn’t ‘Normal’
June 11, 2014
But getting to your question about what I was like in the '90s, Kate Moss was so prevalent in the '90s.‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'
March 27, 2014
To assuage remorse, she sought to give evidence as to a prevalent sympathy.Within the Law
By what means has it become so prevalent among our modern metaphysicians?
The days of prevalent cigar-smoking and tobacco-chewing had not come.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
The power of Nationalities and Acts of Parliament is also a prevalent superstition.Self-Help
Will the good soul be that in which disorder is prevalent, or that in which there is harmony and order?Gorgias
- widespread or current
- superior in force or power; predominant
Word Origin and History for prevalent
early 15c., "having great power or force," from Latin praevalentem (nominative praevalens) "of superior strength; mighty," present participle of praevalere "to be more able" (see prevail). Meaning "extensively existing, in general use" is from 1650s.