prepotency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prepotency the state of being predominant over others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prepotency (Biol) The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.
    • Prepotency The quality or condition of being prepotent; predominance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prepotency The state or quality of being prepotent; superior power, influence, or efficiency; predominance; prevalence.
    • n prepotency In biology, the preponderating power or tendency of one germ-cell, one parent, or one ancestor to fix the character of descendants.
    • n prepotency The resemblance of a child to its parent of the same sex as regards any quality.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praepotentia,: cf. F. prépotence,

Usage

In literature:

I suppose you will answer that the European forms are prepotent, but this is riding prepotency to death.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Moral prepotency of and physical likeness to his father.
"A Zola Dictionary" by J. G. Patterson
One is prepotency, the other is inbreeding.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
The mark of this prepotent previous man is left on the house from cellar to attic.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
With animals one variety certainly often has this prepotent power over another variety.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
In the two previous chapters, when discussing reversion and prepotency, I was necessarily led to give many facts on crossing.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Another case showing the strong prepotency of the Manx cat.
"Our Cats and All About Them" by Harrison Weir
And, of course, the more primitive a type is, the more prepotent it is.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
Prepotency, 89; importance of, 176.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol 3 of 3)" by George John Romanes
Such Dominants are a bi-sexual species in which the male is prepotent.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy
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In poetry:

Till space runs out at the bottom of the page
And another pair of lovers, forever young,
Prepotent, endlessly receptive, renews
The daylong, nightlong, interminable grind.
"Reading Pornography in Old Age" by Howard Nemerov