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prevailing

[pri-vey-ling] /prɪˈveɪ lɪŋ/
adjective
1.
predominant:
prevailing winds.
2.
generally current:
the prevailing opinion.
3.
having superior power or influence.
4.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; prevail + -ing2
Related forms
prevailingly, adverb
prevailingness, noun
unprevailing, adjective
Synonyms
1. preponderant, preponderating, dominant; prevalent. 2. common. See current. 4. effective.
Antonyms
2. rare.
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British Dictionary definitions for un prevailing

prevailing

/prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
generally accepted; widespread: the prevailing opinion
2.
most frequent or conspicuous; predominant: the prevailing wind is from the north
Derived Forms
prevailingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un prevailing

prevailing

adj.

1590s, "vigorous;" 1680s, "widely accepted," present participle adjective from prevail (v.).

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