[ pri-dom-uh-nuh nt ]
/ prɪˈdɒm ə nənt /


having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
preponderant; prominent: a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.

Origin of predominant

1570–80; < Medieval Latin praedominant- (stem of praedomināns), present participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominant

Related forms

pre·dom·i·nant·ly, adverb

Can be confused

predominant predominate

Synonym study

1, 2. See dominant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for predominant


/ (prɪˈdɒmɪnənt) /


having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
prevailing; prominent

Derived Forms

predominance or predominancy, noun
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