prepotent

[ pree-poht-nt ]
/ priˈpoʊt nt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. prepossessing,
  2. prepossession,
  3. preposterous,
  4. prepostor,
  5. prepotency,
  6. prepotential,
  7. preppie,
  8. preppy,
  9. preprandial,
  10. prepreference

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prepotent


British Dictionary definitions for prepotent

prepotent

/ (prɪˈpəʊtənt) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for prepotent

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012