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dominance

[dom-uh-nuh ns] /ˈdɒm ə nəns/
noun
1.
rule; control; authority; ascendancy.
2.
the condition of being dominant.
3.
Psychology. the disposition of an individual to assert control in dealing with others.
4.
Animal Behavior. high status in a social group, usually acquired as the result of aggression, that involves the tendency to take priority in access to limited resources, as food, mates, or space.
5.
Neurology. the normal tendency for one side of the brain to be more important than the other in controlling certain functions, as speech and language.
Also, dominancy.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; domin(ant) + -ance
Related forms
nondominance, noun
self-dominance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-dominance

dominance

/ˈdɒmɪnəns/
noun
1.
control; ascendancy
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Word Origin and History for self-dominance

dominance

n.

1819; see dominant + -ance. Related: Dominancy.

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self-dominance in Medicine

dominance dom·i·nance (dŏm'ə-nəns)
n.
The condition or state of being dominant.

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