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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)

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.

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."