[ pree-poht-nt ]
/ priˈpoʊt nt /


preeminent in power, authority, or influence; predominant: a prepotent name in the oil business.
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 forms

pre·po·tent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prepotent


/ (prɪˈpəʊtənt) /


greater in power, force, or influence
biology showing prepotency

Derived Forms

prepotently, adverb

Word Origin for prepotent

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