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Definition of "prepotency" []

  • The condition of being greater in power, influence, or force than another or others; predominance. (noun)
  • Genetics The ability of one parent, variety, or strain to transmit individual traits to an offspring, apparently to the exclusion of the other parent, variety, or strain. (noun)

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 "prepotency" in a sentence
  • "By contrast, the vacant gazeof Alexander betrayed, not the ecstasies of prepotency, but its apprehensions."
  • "Were the Jews to discontinue all intermarriage with “other races” henceforth for ever, it would depend upon quite unknown laws of fecundity, prepotency, and variability, what their final type would be, or, indeed, whether any particular type would ever prevail over diversity."
  • "The retired Democratic Army soldier wondered if Dhamjjalla felt a hint of that same prepotency when he woke each morning."