- widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
- having the superiority or ascendancy.
- Archaic. effectual or efficacious.
Origin of prevalent
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Examples from the Web for 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 Crown of Wild Olive
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.Earthworms and their Allies
Frank E. Beddard
- widespread or current
- superior in force or power; predominant
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.