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Something that is prevalent is widespread or in general use or acceptance. How is this adjective different from prevailing and current? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
What does prevalent mean?
Prevalent means widespread, in general use, or widely accepted.
The noun form of prevalent is prevalence.
Example: Social media use is so prevalent among teens that it’s often linked to the rise in mental health issues like anxiety.
Where does prevalent come from?
The first records of the word prevalent come from around the 1500s. It ultimately derives from the Latin praevalēre, meaning “to have superior strength” or “to prevail.” (The word prevail is also based on this word.)
Prevalent is often used in discussions of how widespread things are, such as in society or within a particular culture. If a belief is described as prevalent, it means it’s widely accepted in general or among a certain group of people. A disease may be described as prevalent in certain areas or in certain groups of people. Certain types of animals are prevalent in certain regions and rare in others. Memes are prevalent on social media. If something is becoming more prevalent, it’s becoming more widespread.
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What are some other forms of prevalent?
- prevalence (noun)
- prevalently (adverb)
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How is prevalent used in real life?
Fittingly, prevalent is a common word. It’s often used in discussions about widespread cultural phenomena.
Racism continues to be prevalent in our societies.
We must raise our voices against all expressions of racism and instances of racist behaviour. We urgently need to dismantle racist structures and reform racist institutions.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 29, 2020
An increasingly prevalent argument seems to be that ignoring baseless theories — rather than debunking or writing skeptically about them — will prevent them from catching on.
That's fanciful. There is an entire media ecosystem willing to trumpet this stuff credulously.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) May 15, 2020
AI-generated fake videos are becoming more prevalent and convincing. What tools and techniques journalists need to detect fakery? Discover in the latest Conversations with Data newsletter featuring @CraigSilverman & @SamGregory. https://t.co/nSutrOroFE
— European Journalism Centre (@ejcnet) May 31, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for prevalent
Reporters at the Press and ProPublica wanted to determine how prevalent these terms are across the state.How We Found Pricey Provisions in New Jersey Police Contracts|by Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica, and Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press|February 8, 2021|ProPublica
The latter is an anti-vaxx belief so prevalent, it led one Wisconsin pharmacist to allegedly tamper with vials of the vaccine.Why Fights Over The COVID-19 Vaccine Are Everywhere On Facebook|Kaleigh Rogers|January 22, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The takeaway is, this is a variant that’s becoming more prevalent, and we need to lean in and understand more about it.Another coronavirus variant linked to growing share of cases, several large outbreaks, in California|Fenit Nirappil|January 18, 2021|Washington Post
That number would likely be about sufficient to achieve herd immunity, but vaccine skepticism is much more prevalent among Republicans.Pence got the Covid-19 vaccine to build confidence in it|Aaron Rupar|December 18, 2020|Vox
The condition is especially prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.One man’s crusade to end a global scourge with better salt|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
There is another prevalent practice in which family members push the victim to the limit until she kills herself.
Yet the sense is that anti-LGBT hate crimes are becoming more prevalent, and more terrifying.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones|Jay Michaelson|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rape continues to be prevalent worldwide, particularly in areas of conflict and crisis.Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries|Cecile Richards|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The view remains prevalent that Africans need to be saved from themselves.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough|John Prendergast|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sober and muted colors including shades of gray, one described in a local paper as ‘Battleship,’ were prevalent.
They were sure that the white troops in Meerut would soon arrive and put an end to the prevalent anarchy.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
In the town the European mode of living is entirely prevalent—more so than in any other place abroad that I have seen.
Between 10° and 20° South latitude we again met with very peculiar prevalent winds.
It is certainly a lucky thing for travellers that this strange custom is not prevalent everywhere.
Very hot; very limp with the prevalent disease but greatly cheered up by the news of yesterday evening's battle at Helles.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton