• WordNet 3.6
    • adj predominant having superior power and influence "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"
    • adj predominant most frequent or common "prevailing winds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why bubble gum is pink is because the inventor only had pink colouring left. Ever since then, the colour of bubble gum has been predominantly pink
    • a Predominant Having the ascendency over others; superior in strength, influence, or authority; prevailing; as, a predominant color; predominant excellence. "Those help . . . were predominant in the king's mind.""Foul subordination is predominant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • predominant Predominating; ruling; controlling: exerting power, authority, or influence; superior; ascendant.
    • predominant In heraldry, occupying the whole field, to the exclusion of all bearings, as any tincture: thus, or predominant signifies a shield entirely gold, with no bearings of any description. [Rare.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Predominant ruling: having superior power: ascendant
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Where love rules, there is no will to power; where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.”
  • David Hare
    “In oratory the will must predominate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prédominant,. See Predominante


In literature:

Amazement was, of course, predominant.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
The shore of Innisfallen has much variety, but in general it is woody, and of the beautiful character which predominates in that island.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
It merely elevates one single factor in the theory to a predominant position.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
As to growth conditions, clay soils predominate, but with plenty of loamy bottom land for nut planting.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
In what passages does her desire to taunt and ridicule Sir Peter predominate?
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Fear for the ship predominated.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
It was time for all the masculine predominance that was latent in him to show itself.
"Romola" by George Eliot
In Egypt, France's cultural prestige was predominant.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
And the Sadducean minority possessed a predominating influence in its consultations.
"Gloria Crucis addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907" by J. H. Beibitz
If circumstances turned the balance of joy and pain so that the latter predominated a little, suicide was a rational relief.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner

In poetry:

This feeling should predominate ;—
To pay our homage reverently,
And, with one will and purpose, celebrate
John Bright's centenary.
"John Bright" by William Baron
``Them that o'erwhelm, vindictiveness o'erwhelms,
So nought shall you from Fortune's wheel entice,
Gambling for Self's predominance with Realms
And Empires for your dice.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Today many musicians record on their own using predominantly computer-based systems.
We're one of the few areas in the country that is predominately Catholic.
Many members of the predominantly Mormon student body at Brigham Young University, based in Provo, embark on two-year missions at the age of 19, often in another country.
Women now predominate in process industries publishing.
When were French and Spanish no longer the predominant spoken languages in New Orleans and no longer the languages used for keeping public records.
Vice President Joe Biden has taken a lot of heat from the Romney campaign for telling a predominantly black audience that Romney would unchain Wall Street and put them back in chains.
Homosexual acts are illegal in the predominantly Muslim West African nation.
Pesticide in the United States are predominantly used by the agricultural sector, while about a quarter of them are used in houses, yards, parks, golf courses, and swimming pools.
A string of increasingly brutal attacks – along with reports that Boko Haram may soon hit Nigeria's predominately Christian South – is bringing fresh scrutiny of the Islamist group.
The congressional candidates here are both first-timers, both Jewish — in a predominantly Jewish district — and both have served in the Florida state legislature.
There is a slight predominance of primary brain tumors in men.
World Superbike racer Luca Scassa didn't acquire his riding skills through telepathy, he developed them through hard work and practice, predominantly on the racetrack .
"If you've ever been on the receiving end of a speculum — it sucks," Breeze Harper said to a predominantly twenty-something audience at the UO on April 7.
A black couple planned to wed at a predominantly white church that they attended (but were not members of) in Crystal Springs, MS.
Silicon Valley continues to be the world's predominant technology center, and is home to both established companies and budding start-ups.

In science:

This we have done by introducing the bounding function r(x) for the ith random variable, which ensures that there are not events in G which totally predominate if a high level is exceeded.
On Sums of Conditionally Independent Subexponential Random Variables
In cases of pure rotational and pure vibrational motion we expect, of course, a predominance of regular features.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
It will be argued that the disorder created by substitution of Ga has correlation within the Mn3+ rich domains since it predominantly replaces Mn3+ .
Selective substitution in orbital domains of a low doped manganite : an investigation from Griffiths phenomenon and modification of glassy features
To complement the RXTE observations presented here, we have selected a BeppoSAX observation of LMC X–3, a persistent and predominantly thermal black-hole source with a very low hydrogen column (NH ≈ 4 × 1020 cm−2 ; Page et al. 2003; Yao et al. 2005).
A Simple Comptonization Model
Note also that large non-circular motions (in relative terms) are predominantly found in barred galaxies.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos