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prevalent

[prev-uh-luhnt]
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adjective
  1. widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
  2. having the superiority or ascendancy.
  3. Archaic. effectual or efficacious.
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Origin of prevalent

1570–80; < Latin praevalent- (stem of praevalēns), present participle of praevalēre to prevail. See pre-, -valent
Related formsprev·a·lence, prev·a·lent·ness, nounprev·a·lent·ly, adverbnon·prev·a·lent, adjectivenon·prev·a·lent·ly, adverbun·prev·a·lent, adjectiveun·prev·a·lent·ly, adverb

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Synonym study

1. See current.

Antonyms

1. rare.
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Related Words

commonplaceubiquitousnormaluniversalrifecommonpopularnewextensiverampanteverydayfrequentprevailingdominantsuccessfulpowerfulcompellingpredominantaccustomedcurrent

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  • To assuage remorse, she sought to give evidence as to a prevalent sympathy.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • By what means has it become so prevalent among our modern metaphysicians?

  • The days of prevalent cigar-smoking and tobacco-chewing had not come.

    The Nation in a Nutshell

    George Makepeace Towle

  • The power of Nationalities and Acts of Parliament is also a prevalent superstition.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Will the good soul be that in which disorder is prevalent, or that in which there is harmony and order?

    Gorgias

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for prevalent

prevalent

adjective
  1. widespread or current
  2. superior in force or power; predominant
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Derived Formsprevalence or prevalentness, nounprevalently, adverb

Word Origin

C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praevalēre: see prevail
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Word Origin and History for prevalent

adj.

early 15c., "having great power or force," from Latin praevalentem (nominative praevalens) "of superior strength; mighty," present participle of praevalere "to be more able" (see prevail). Meaning "extensively existing, in general use" is from 1650s.

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