[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. predistortion,
  2. prednisolone,
  3. prednisone,
  4. predoctoral,
  5. predominance,
  6. predominantly,
  7. predominate,
  8. predominately,
  9. preductal,
  10. predynastic

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

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 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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