[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt]


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 formspre·dom·i·nant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedpredominant predominate

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

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having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
prevailing; prominent
Derived Formspredominance or predominancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for predominant

1570s, from Middle French prédominant (14c.), from Medieval Latin *praedominantem (nominative praedominans), present participle of *praedominare, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + dominari "to rule" (see dominate). Related: Predominantly.

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