[pri-dom-uh-nuh ns]


the state, condition, or quality of being predominant: the predominance of the rich over the poor.

Sometimes pre·dom·i·nan·cy.

Origin of predominance

First recorded in 1595–1605; predomin(ant) + -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for predominance

preponderance, control, supremacy, domination, command, power

Examples from the Web for predominance

Contemporary Examples of predominance

  • Perhaps the predominance of single mothers as opposed to single fathers is also a result of social expectations.

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    Can the Gender Gap Be Solved?

    Kay Hymowitz

    April 22, 2014

  • The aristocracy's old claim for predominance in the state was abruptly discredited.

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    David Frum

    September 23, 2012

Historical Examples of predominance

  • The Clergy have only one idea; that is, of course, the predominance of their Church.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • They believe that their poverty, such as it is, is due to the predominance of England.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • The predominance of power was with the Catholics, and was, of course, hostile to Elizabeth.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

  • These impulses have secured the survival and the predominance of man.

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

  • A survey of this period at once reveals the predominance of fiction.

Word Origin and History for predominance

1590s; see predominant + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper