The prevailing notion that spree shooters are typically affluent, white, outcast loners is a complete myth.
Mustafa then proceeded to enumerate five factors that he believed are contributing to the prevailing despair.
He does also have sympathy for those who resist the prevailing science on climate change.
c.1400, "be successful; be efficacious," from Old French prevaleir (Modern French prévaloir) and directly from Latin praevalere "be stronger, have greater power," from prae "before" (see pre-) + valere "have power, be strong" (see valiant). Spelling in English perhaps influenced by avail. Related: Prevailed; prevailing.