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Definition of "dominant" []

  • Exercising the most influence or control. (adjective)
  • Most prominent, as in position; ascendant. (adjective)
  • Genetics Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect whether inherited with a homozygous or heterozygous allele. (adjective)
  • Ecology Of, relating to, or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species. (adjective)
  • Music Relating to or based on the fifth tone of a diatonic scale. (adjective)
  • Having primary control, authority, or influence; governing; ruling (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Predominant or primary (adjective)
  • Occupying a commanding position (adjective)
  • (of an allele) producing the same phenotype in the organism irrespective of whether the allele of the same gene is identical or dissimilar (adjective)
  • (of a character) controlled by such a gene (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the fifth degree of a scale (adjective)
  • (of a plant or animal species within a community) more prevalent than any other species and determining the appearance and composition of the community (adjective)
  • A dominant allele or character (noun)
  • An organism having such an allele or character (noun)
  • The fifth degree of a scale and the second in importance after the tonic (noun)
  • A key or chord based on this (noun)
  • A dominant plant or animal in a community (noun)

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Use "dominant" in a sentence
  • "By convention, the term dominant hemisphere refers to the cerebral hemisphere that is organized functionally to express language."
  • "I don't really like the word dominant at this stage, to be honest, because there is a long, long way to go," Vettel said.""
  • "The coach used the word dominant to describe Williams' effort."