dominance

[dom-uh-nuhns]
noun
1.
rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
2.
the condition of being dominant.
3.
Psychology. the disposition of an individual to assert control in dealing with others.
4.
Animal Behavior. high status in a social group, usually acquired as the result of aggression, that involves the tendency to take priority in access to limited resources, as food, mates, or space.
5.
Neurology. the normal tendency for one side of the brain to be more important than the other in controlling certain functions, as speech and language.
Also, dominancy.


Origin:
1810–20; domin(ant) + -ance

nondominance, noun
self-dominance, noun
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dominance (ˈdɒmɪnəns)
 
n
control; ascendancy

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dominance
1819, see dominant.
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dominance dom·i·nance (dŏm'ə-nəns)
n.
The condition or state of being dominant.

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Example sentences
To interrupt is to show dominance and try to wrest control.
Gone all those days when countries prove their dominance by wars.
When several great whites congregate, their dominance is expressed with body
  bumps and controlled biting.
It has something to do with challenge and dominance.
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