- 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
Synonyms for dominant
Related Words for dominantlyparticularly, chiefly, mostly, largely, generally, notably, basically, predominantly, importantly, primarily, eminently, especially, essentially, fundamentally, materially, peculiarly, preeminently, substantially, universally, cardinally
Examples from the Web for dominantly
Contemporary Examples of dominantly
While Gezari writes a dominantly American-centric story, she incorporates key Afghan perspectives.Send in the Marines—and the Anthropologists too?
John Kael Weston
August 23, 2013
Historical Examples of dominantly
"I'm going to walk with Suzanne," he said dominantly, when he was ready.The "Genius"
Again his eye went from face to face fearlessly, dominantly.Ben Blair
Quebec was dominantly rural; its men married young, and the country parishes had little touch with the outside world.The Canadian Dominion
Oscar D. Skelton
It was so dominantly above us that instinctively he put his hand in his pocket for his whistle.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
Such religion is dominantly non-social, if not, indeed, anti-social in its character.Religion and the War
- (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
mid-15c., from Middle French dominant (13c.), from Latin dominantem (nominative dominans), present participle of dominari (see domination). Music sense is from 1819. Sexual bondage sense by c.1960. The noun is first recorded 1819, earliest in the musical sense.