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[ prev-uh-luhns ]


  1. the condition of being prevalent, or widespread:

    The study examines the prevalence of profanity in video games.

  2. the degree to which something is prevalent or widespread, especially a disease, disorder, or pathogen:

    The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is rising worldwide.

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  • non·prev·a·lence noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prevalence1

First recorded in 1600–10; from French prévalence, from Latin praevalēntia, from praevalent-, stem of praevalēns (present participle of praevalēre “to be more able”) + -ia -y 3( def ); prevail ( def )

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Example Sentences

Understanding population prevalence also helps guide public health actions.

As with a similar boom in gold ETFs, the heightened interest in silver-backed funds owes much to the increased prevalence of ETFs in general over the past decade.

From Fortune

Many researchers agree, for example, that when the positivity rate in a community climbs higher than 10 percent, or prevalence increases higher than 25 new cases daily per 100,000, it’s a sign that testing might not be enough to curb the spread.

For many workers, the new prevalence of remote work is in line with a desire they’d already expressed, to be less tied to offices that were often located in city centers, a long commute from people’s homes.

From Quartz

Interestingly enough, Homer makes a full description of such boar tusk helmet types and their prevalence in the Trojan War.

Prevalence depends on context, and sometimes unique advantages outweigh the genetic costs.

Part of the problem is that its prevalence was equally as fleeting as a smile itself.

It highlights—and exaggerates—the prevalence of GMOs in other sections of your grocery store.

First, the sample size is too small to determine the overall prevalence of harassment or assault.

The third-most common type of primary headache, cluster headaches, has a prevalence of

Eusebius, an eye-witness of the last persecution, states that innumerable multitudes suffered during its prevalence.

The previous winter had been remarkably mild, and after the prevalence of the March winds followed extreme heat.

The remarkable feature of the latter disease is its wide prevalence.

We are not aware of the prevalence of it until we go in search of it.

We did not know how to explain the prevalence of this impression.


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More About Prevalence

What does prevalence mean?

Prevalence is the state or condition of being widespread or in general use or acceptance.

Prevalence is the noun form of the adjective prevalent, meaning widespread, common, or extensive.

In the context of medicine, prevalence refers to how widespread a disease is—specifically, the total number of cases in a population at a given time.

Example: The prevalence of social media use among teens is often linked to the rise in mental health issues like anxiety.

Where does prevalence come from?

The first records of the word prevalence come from around the early 1600s. It ultimately derives from the Latin praevalēre, meaning “to have superior strength” or “to prevail.” (The word prevail is also based on this word.)

Prevalence can be thought of commonness or widespreadness. In fact, another way to make the adjective prevalent into a noun is the word prevalentness. But the word prevalence is much more … prevalent—meaning it’s much more commonly used. It’s often used in discussions of how widespread things are in society or within a particular culture, like the prevalence of memes on social media or the prevalence of a belief among a certain demographic (specific category of people).

In the context of medicine, prevalence is used in just about the same way, but it involves measuring how widespread a certain disease is in a certain population of people. When scientists find that a disease is prevalent among certain people, they then try to find the reason for that prevalence.

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Fittingly, prevalence is a common word. It’s often used in discussions about widespread cultural phenomena.



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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe something that’s known for its prevalence?

A. widespread
B. common
C. rare
D. ubiquitous