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dominant

[ dom-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈdɒm ə nənt /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of dominant

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin dominant- (stem of domināns, present participle of dominārī “to be lord and master, domineer”; see dominate), equivalent to domin(us) “master, possessor, ruler” + -ant- -ant

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1. Dominant, predominant, paramount, preeminent describe something outstanding. Dominant describes something that is most influential or important: the dominant characteristics of monkeys. Predominant describes something that is dominant over all others, or is more widely prevalent: Curiosity is the predominant characteristic of monkeys. Paramount applies to something that is first in rank or order: Safety is of paramount importance. Preeminent applies to a prominence based on recognition of excellence: His work was of preeminent quality.

OTHER WORDS FROM dominant

dom·i·nant·ly, adverbnon·dom·i·nant, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dominant

dominant , dominate, domineer
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British Dictionary definitions for dominant

dominant
/ (ˈdɒmɪnənt) /

adjective
noun

Derived forms of dominant

dominantly, adverb
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Medical definitions for dominant

dominant
[ dŏmə-nənt ]

adj.
Exercising the most influence or control.
Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect whether inherited with a homozygous or heterozygous allele.
n.
A dominant allele or trait.
An organism having a dominant trait.
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Scientific definitions for dominant

dominant
[ dŏmə-nənt ]

Relating to the form of a gene that expresses a trait, such as hair color, in an individual organism. The dominant form of a gene overpowers the counterpart, or recessive, form located on the other of a pair of chromosomes.
Relating to the trait expressed by such a gene. See more at inheritance. Compare recessive.
Being a species that has the greatest effect within its ecological community, especially by determining the presence, abundance, or type of other species. As a plant community progresses through stages of succession, different species may become dominant for a period until the climax community is reached, at which point the dominant species remains stable until a major disruption occurs. Among animals, the dominant species in a community is generally the top predator or the most abundant or widespread species.
Being an animal that occupies the highest position in a social hierarchy and has the greatest access to resources such as food and a mate or mates. Social dominance is gained and maintained through factors such as size and aggressiveness.
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