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[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt]
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  1. having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
  2. preponderant; prominent: a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
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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.
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  1. having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
  2. prevailing; prominent
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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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