prevailing

[pri-vey-ling]
adjective
1.
predominant: prevailing winds.
2.
generally current: the prevailing opinion.
3.
having superior power or influence.

Origin:
1580–90; prevail + -ing2

prevailingly, adverb
prevailingness, noun
unprevailing, adjective


1. preponderant, preponderating, dominant; prevalent. 2. common. See current. 4. effective.


2. rare.
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prevail

[pri-veyl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to be widespread or current; exist everywhere or generally: Silence prevailed along the funeral route.
2.
to appear or occur as the more important or frequent feature or element; predominate: Green tints prevail in the upholstery.
3.
to be or prove superior in strength, power, or influence (usually followed by over ): They prevailed over their enemies in the battle.
4.
to succeed; become dominant; win out: to wish that the right side might prevail.
5.
to use persuasion or inducement successfully: He prevailed upon us to accompany him.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English prevayllen to grow very strong < Latin praevalēre to be more able, equivalent to prae- pre- + valēre to be strong; see prevalent

prevailer, noun


2. preponderate. 3. overcome.


3. lose.
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prevail (prɪˈveɪl)
 
vb (often foll by over or against) (often foll by on or upon)
1.  to prove superior; gain mastery: skill will prevail
2.  to be or appear as the most important feature; be prevalent
3.  to exist widely; be in force
4.  to succeed in persuading or inducing
 
[C14: from Latin praevalēre to be superior in strength, from prae beyond + valēre to be strong]
 
pre'vailer
 
n

prevailing (prɪˈveɪlɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  generally accepted; widespread: the prevailing opinion
2.  most frequent or conspicuous; predominant: the prevailing wind is from the north
 
pre'vailingly
 
adv

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prevail
late 14c., from L. prævalere "have greater power," from præ "before" + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant).
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Example sentences
The prevailing view holds that self-replication is an ability that organisms or
  objects either have in full or lack entirely.
Contrary to prevailing wisdom, large earthquakes can interact in unexpected
  ways.
The prevailing medical wisdom, he explained to her, was that she would
  inevitably die in a year or maybe two.
For locals, the discovery reinforced prevailing wisdom that this arid land
  exists beyond the raking claws of time.
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