[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

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for predominantly

Contemporary Examples of predominantly

Historical Examples of predominantly

  • American formal culture is, and has been, from the beginning, predominantly English.

  • The animal, predominantly, desires the good of self: the Divine, the good of others.

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

  • Their fancy was, predominantly, for the bizarre and the extravagant.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • Seitz recognises 75 species of which about a dozen are predominantly white.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • The religion was predominantly a worship of gods, rather than of spirits.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for predominantly



for the most part; mostly; mainly



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



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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