prevailing

[ pri-vey-ling ]
/ prɪˈveɪ lɪŋ /

adjective

predominant: prevailing winds.
generally current: the prevailing opinion.
having superior power or influence.

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Origin of prevailing

First recorded in 1580–90; prevail + -ing2

synonym study for prevailing

2. See current.

OTHER WORDS FROM prevailing

pre·vail·ing·ly, adverbpre·vail·ing·ness, nounun·pre·vail·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prevailing

prevailing
/ (prɪˈveɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

generally accepted; widespreadthe prevailing opinion
most frequent or conspicuous; predominantthe prevailing wind is from the north

Derived forms of prevailing

prevailingly, adverb
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