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[dom-uh-nuh ns] /ˈdɒm ə nəns/
rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
the condition of being dominant.
Psychology. the disposition of an individual to assert control in dealing with others.
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.
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 of dominance
1810-20; domin(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nondominance, noun
self-dominance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dominance
  • 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.
  • No one can be a leader forever, time changes and everyone gets his turn of dominance.
  • For instance, body language can indicate an animal's position of dominance or submissiveness within a group.
  • The research also suggests that for pigeons, dominance isn't set in stone.
  • The brotherhood needs the army to facilitate its dominance in the political arena and the imminent running of the country.
  • Males competing for mates also lock horns to establish dominance.
  • The turmoil led to the emergence of several rival sects, each one vying for dominance.
British Dictionary definitions for dominance


control; ascendancy
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Word Origin and History for dominance

1819; see dominant + -ance. Related: Dominancy.

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dominance in Medicine

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

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