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[ pri-vey-ling ]


  1. prevailing winds.

    Synonyms: prevalent, dominant, preponderant

  2. generally current:

    the prevailing opinion.

    Synonyms: widespread, common

    Antonyms: rare

  3. having superior power or influence.
  4. Synonyms: effective


/ prɪˈveɪlɪŋ /


  1. generally accepted; widespread

    the prevailing opinion

  2. most frequent or conspicuous; predominant

    the prevailing wind is from the north

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Derived Forms

  • preˈvailingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • pre·vailing·ly adverb
  • pre·vailing·ness noun
  • unpre·vailing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prevailing1

First recorded in 1580–90; prevail + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

When the Supreme Court considers how constitutional rights apply to the facts of our society, they are often forced to rule on what those broad prevailing facts are.

Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.

What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.

And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.

The prevailing color is pink; the headgear: red bows and ears; the guests: super giddy.

Press releases show it briefly advocated against a prevailing wage for education projects in 2009 before falling off the radar.

It is a notable fact that under the wholly unusual circumstances prevailing, the recovery was so prompt and effective.

The prevailing fault of the modern Swell organ is, perhaps, the inadequacy of the Flute work.

To the northward of it the coast trends in and forms a bay, but not deep enough to offer shelter from the prevailing winds.

Eloise asked, her maidenly modesty prevailing over every other feeling.

The American was dressed after the fashion prevailing in the hills, and had a couple of revolvers dangling at his hips.


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