- 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
Related formsdom·i·nant·ly, adverbnon·dom·i·nant, adjective, noun
Examples from the Web for dominantly
While Gezari writes a dominantly American-centric story, she incorporates key Afghan perspectives.
In this way humor may become the dominant quality in the letters of a correspondent whose conversation is not dominantly humorous.Human Intercourse|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Again his eye went from face to face fearlessly, dominantly.Ben Blair|Will Lillibridge
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
British Dictionary definitions for dominantly
- (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