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 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

Synonyms for prevalent

Synonym study

1. See current.

Antonyms for prevalent

1. rare. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prevalently

Historical Examples of prevalently

  • Certainly the habit of hope therein set forth is as prevalently sweeping among savages as among civilised folk.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • The cone resembles that of P. excelsa, but is prevalently much shorter and with a relatively shorter peduncle.

    The Genus Pinus

    George Russell Shaw

  • They fought much and prevalently; galloped desperately to and fro, ever on the alert.

  • The nose is prevalently long and of medium breadth, its proportions being practically identical with those of the modern English.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

  • Thus several species of the prevalently arctic and antarctic family Enchytraeidae are shore living.

British Dictionary definitions for prevalently



widespread or current
superior in force or power; predominant
Derived Formsprevalence 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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Word Origin and History for prevalently



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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