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prevalent

[prev-uh-luh nt] /ˈprɛv ə lənt/
adjective
1.
widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance.
2.
having the superiority or ascendancy.
3.
Archaic. effectual or efficacious.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin praevalent- (stem of praevalēns), present participle of praevalēre to prevail. See pre-, -valent
Related forms
prevalence, prevalentness, noun
prevalently, adverb
nonprevalent, adjective
nonprevalently, adverb
unprevalent, adjective
unprevalently, adverb
Synonyms
1. common, extensive. See current.
Antonyms
1. rare.
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Examples for prevalent
  • Just because bedbugs are prevalent, though, doesn't mean you have to take them home with you.
  • Where diseases are more prevalent, individuals are less open to meeting strangers and to new experiences.
  • Years ago the prevalent attitude was that enforced apprenticeship was the only way a good chef could be trained.
  • And this is at a time when drug-resistant strains of bacteria are becoming ever more prevalent.
  • Keeps in line with the level of awareness that's usually prevalent around here.
  • Obesity is prevalent among younger people, too, and in fact is dramatically on the rise.
  • The most prevalent look is ultralong and lean, part of the geometry that is imprinting current fashion.
  • It doesn't matter whether you are older or younger — although certain attitudes seem more prevalent in each camp.
  • It needs some monitoring so that we at least have some source of data that shows us how prevalent various kinds of fraud are.
  • The problem is more prevalent among adults than kids, she says.
British Dictionary definitions for prevalent

prevalent

/ˈprɛvələnt/
adjective
1.
widespread or current
2.
superior in force or power; predominant
Derived Forms
prevalence, prevalentness, noun
prevalently, adverb
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praevalēre: see prevail
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Word Origin and History for prevalent
adj.

early 15c., "having great power or force," from Latin praevalentem (nominative praevalens) "of superior strength; mighty," present participle of praevalere "to be more able" (see prevail). Meaning "extensively existing, in general use" is from 1650s.

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