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[pri-dom-uh-nuh nt] /prɪˈdɒm ə nənt/
having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.
preponderant; prominent:
a predominant trait; the predominant color of a painting.
Origin of predominant
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.
1, 2. See dominant. Unabridged
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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


having superiority in power, influence, etc, over others
prevailing; prominent
Derived Forms
predominance, predominancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for predominant

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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