prevalent

[prev-uh-luhnt]
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:
1570–80; < Latin praevalent- (stem of praevalēns), present participle of praevalēre to prevail. See pre-, -valent

prevalence, prevalentness, noun
prevalently, adverb
nonprevalent, adjective
nonprevalently, adverb
unprevalent, adjective
unprevalently, adverb


1. common, extensive. See current.


1. rare.
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prevalent (ˈprɛvələnt)
 
adj
1.  widespread or current
2.  superior in force or power; predominant
 
[C16 (in the sense: powerful): from Latin praevalens very strong, from praevalēre: see prevail]
 
'prevalence
 
n
 
'prevalentness
 
n
 
'prevalently
 
adv

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prevalent
1570s, "having great power or force," from L. praevalentem (nom. praevalens), prp. of praevalere "to be more able" (see prevail). Meaning "extensively existing, in general use" is from 1650s.
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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
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Years ago the prevalent attitude was that enforced apprenticeship was the only
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And this is at a time when drug-resistant strains of bacteria are becoming ever
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