- predominant: prevailing winds.
- generally current: the prevailing opinion.
- having superior power or influence.
Origin of prevailing
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- to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally: Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
- to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate: Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
- to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually followed by over): They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
- to succeed; become dominant; win out: to wish that the right side might prevail.
- to use persuasion or inducement successfully: He prevailed upon us to accompany him.
Origin of prevail
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Examples from the Web for prevailing
Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
What sets him apart from so many of his contemporaries was his rare immunity from the influence of prevailing ideas.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
The prevailing color is pink; the headgear: red bows and ears; the guests: super giddy.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014
Sarah Bay Williams
November 2, 2014
Press releases show it briefly advocated against a prevailing wage for education projects in 2009 before falling off the radar.Mystery Man Buys Kentucky for the GOP
Center for Public Integrity
October 29, 2014
For they were in hopes of prevailing upon my father to forbid his visits.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
No human being but YOU could have any chance of prevailing with her.Lady Susan
I will see Mr Adams, and I make no doubt of prevailing with him.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
For long weeks these were to be the prevailing conditions in our homeward march.The Long Labrador Trail
My reader must not imagine that the prevailing silence of the house oppressed me.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- generally accepted; widespreadthe prevailing opinion
- most frequent or conspicuous; predominantthe prevailing wind is from the north
- (often foll by over or against) to prove superior; gain masteryskill will prevail
- to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
- to exist widely; be in force
- (often foll by on or upon) to succeed in persuading or inducing
Word Origin and History for prevailing
1590s, "vigorous;" 1680s, "widely accepted," present participle adjective from prevail (v.).
c.1400, "be successful; be efficacious," from Old French prevaleir (Modern French prévaloir) and directly from Latin praevalere "be stronger, have greater power," from prae "before" (see pre-) + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant). Spelling in English perhaps influenced by avail. Related: Prevailed; prevailing.