- having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
- preponderant; prominent: a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
Origin of predominant
1, 2. See dominant.
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Examples from the Web for predominant
Man vs. Nature is the predominant theme of the film, and I always tried to go back to that imagery.
The predominant focus of cancer drug development today is on “targeted therapies” that are both innovative and lucrative.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
The predominant school of thought holds that the markets are irrationally acting—and crashing—in response to the news.Let’s All Please Stop Overreacting to Bernanke’s Remarks
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In an election season in which the economy is the predominant issue, the report has assumed even greater importance.Jobs Report: Dan Gross on the Dueling Data
August 3, 2012
Riches were, are, and always will be, his predominant passion.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Woman is the predominant partner in the sexual relationship.The Truth About Woman
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Her predominant position in the Far East was absolutely assured.
His animal nature was predominant, and this led him to be deceitful.
It must be—really—yes, the vegetable element is predominant.
- having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
- prevailing; prominent
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Word Origin and History for predominant
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