dominance

[dom-uh-nuh ns]

noun

rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
the condition of being dominant.
Psychology. the disposition of an individual to assert control in dealing with others.
Animal Behavior. high status in a social group, usually acquired as the result of aggression, that involves the tendency to take priority in access to limited resources, as food, mates, or space.
Neurology. the normal tendency for one side of the brain to be more important than the other in controlling certain functions, as speech and language.

Nearby words

  1. domiciliar,
  2. domiciliary,
  3. domiciliary care,
  4. domiciliate,
  5. domiciliated,
  6. dominance hierarchy,
  7. dominance of genes,
  8. dominant,
  9. dominant character,
  10. dominant eye

Also dom·i·nan·cy.

Origin of dominance

First recorded in 1810–20; domin(ant) + -ance

Related formsnon·dom·i·nance, nounself-dom·i·nance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dominance

dominance

noun

control; ascendancy
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Word Origin and History for dominance

dominance

n.

1819; see dominant + -ance. Related: Dominancy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for dominance

dominance

[dŏmə-nəns]

n.

The condition or state of being dominant.

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