- the one of a pair of alternative alleles that masks the effect of the other when both are present in the same cell or organism.
- the trait or character determined by such an allele.Compare recessive (defs. 4, 5).
Origin of dominant
synonym study for dominant
OTHER WORDS FROM dominantdom·i·nant·ly, adverbnon·dom·i·nant, adjective, noun
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How to use dominant in a sentence
Stephen Strasburg had one of the most dominant Octobers ever in 2019.
Schottenheimer’s preferred style was known as “Marty Ball,” built around a dominant ground game he believed was the key to offensive success.Marty Schottenheimer’s legacy can be measured in teams’ regret over letting him go|Leonard Shapiro|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Some researchers have warned that if the variant takes hold in the US, it could become the dominant form by March.The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is turning up in US sewers|Stephanie Arnett|February 8, 2021|MIT Technology Review
That result held up even in the South Africa portion of its trial, where a concerning virus variant that has shown the ability to evade some immunity has become dominant.Johnson & Johnson seeks emergency FDA authorization for single-shot coronavirus vaccine|Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
In the three seasons since Draymond Green was last an All-Star, Golden State has experienced both Finals victory and loss, posted one of the worst records in team history and retooled one of the most dominant lineups of all-time.Draymond Green Isn’t Scoring, But He’s Doing Everything Else For The Warriors|James L. Jackson|February 4, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
For all that we may wish it to be, “dating” simply is not the dominant romantic culture here.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many young women in the BDSM subculture find their way into a dominant role, whether coming from a submissive standpoint or not.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
During these encounters, bigger, more dominant grizzlies sometimes kill younger bears (and unwary humans).
Jarrett is the first person to fully inhabit this newly dominant role.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those in whom the impulse is strong and dominant are perhaps those who in later years make the good society actors.Children's Ways|James Sully
It was not a languid, speculative, preference of one theory of government to another, but a fierce and dominant passion.
Lacedaemon consequently continued to be dominant in Greece till other states began to employ regular troops.
But the dominant party, elated by the victory which they had gained over their adversaries, were encouraged to fresh extortions.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Wherever there is arbitrary rule, there must be necessity, on the part of the dominant classes, superiority be assumed.
British Dictionary definitions for dominant
- (of an allele) producing the same phenotype in the organism irrespective of whether the allele of the same gene is identical or dissimilar
- (of a character) controlled by such a gene
- a dominant allele or character
- an organism having such an allele or character
- the fifth degree of a scale and the second in importance after the tonic
- a key or chord based on this