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  1. preeminent in power, authority, or influence; predominant: a prepotent name in the oil business.
  2. Genetics. noting, pertaining to, or having prepotency.

Origin of prepotent

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin praepotent- (stem of praepotēns), present participle of praeposse to have greater power. See pre-, potent1
Related formspre·po·tent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. greater in power, force, or influence
  2. biology showing prepotency
Derived Formsprepotently, adverb

Word Origin for prepotent

C15: from Latin praepotens very powerful, from posse to be able
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