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Definition of "predominant" [pre•dom•i•nant]

  • Having greatest ascendancy, importance, influence, authority, or force. See Synonyms at dominant. (adjective)
  • Most common or conspicuous; main or prevalent: the predominant color in a design. (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 "predominant" in a sentence
  • "But, as I wish to guard against the possibility of misleading by this classification, it is proper first to remind the Reader, that certain poems are placed according to the powers of mind, in the Author's conception, predominant in the production of them; _predominant_, which implies the exertion of other faculties in less degree."
  • "Nor shall I discuss which race was there for the longest period in predominant position."
  • "The name predominant in both minds had been mentioned."
  • "Moore says he heard from critics as often as from fans, especially in response to a recurring sketch, "Dialing Shiffletts," in which he singled out folks with a name predominant in rural areas."
  • "The government is paying 75 \% of the costs to build a cathedral for the long-term predominant use and exclusive benefit of one private entity, in exchange for limited immediate financial benefit, hoped-for "psychic" benefits of keeping the team in town, and potential (but never-fully-realized) downstream economic benefits of a neighborhood and area revival."