prevalent

[ prev-uh-luhnt ]
/ ˈprɛv ə lənt /

adjective

widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
having the superiority or ascendancy.
Archaic. effectual or efficacious.

Origin of prevalent

1570–80; < Latin praevalent- (stem of praevalēns), present participle of praevalēre to prevail. See pre-, -valent

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See current.
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British Dictionary definitions for prevalent

prevalent

/ (ˈprɛvələnt) /

adjective

widespread or current
superior in force or power; predominant

Derived Forms

prevalence or prevalentness, nounprevalently, adverb

Word Origin for prevalent

C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praevalēre: see prevail
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