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predominant

[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt] /prɪˈdɒm ə nənt/
adjective
1.
having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
2.
preponderant; prominent:
a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin praedominant- (stem of praedomināns), present participle of praedominārī to predominate. See pre-, dominant
Related forms
predominantly, adverb
Can be confused
predominant, predominate.
Synonyms
1, 2. See dominant.
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  • Spanish is the predominant language here.
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  • The most predominant issue is the population control.
  • The zeal for liberty became predominant and excessive.
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British Dictionary definitions for predominant

predominant

/prɪˈdɒmɪnənt/
adjective
1.
having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
2.
prevailing; prominent
Derived Forms
predominance, predominancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for predominant
adj.

1570s, from Middle French prédominant (14c.), from Medieval Latin *praedominantem (nominative praedominans), present participle of *praedominare, from Latin prae- "before" (see pre-) + dominari "to rule" (see dominate). Related: Predominantly.

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