• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prevailing most frequent or common "prevailing winds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prevailing Having superior force or influence; efficacious; persuasive. "Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers."
    • Prevailing Predominant; prevalent; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prevailing Predominant; having superior influence or efficiency; controlling; moving.
    • prevailing Prevalent; current; general; common.
    • prevailing Synonyms Predominant, Ruling, etc. (see prevalent), dominant, preponderating.
    • prevailing Received, established, ordinary, usual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prevailing having great power: controlling: bringing about results: very general or common
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.”
  • Joseph Cannon
    Joseph Cannon
    “In the last analysis sound judgment will prevail.”
  • William Faulkner
    “I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.”
  • Kerry Thornley
    Kerry Thornley
    “What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.”
  • Plutarch
    “Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prévaloir—L. prævalērepræ, before, valēre, to be powerful.


In literature:

The author prevailed upon to retire to place of safety.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Its prevailing hue is grass green.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The advertising pages of our popular magazines furnish evidence of the faiths and ideas which prevail in the masses.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
On the north-east side of the island a strong northerly current prevailed.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The greatest possible enthusiasm prevailed in Quebec.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
I hope the motion will not prevail.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
When others failed, Gilgal had wrestled and prevailed.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The impression prevails, to a great extent, that perennials bloom only for a very short time in the early part of the season.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
In Athens freedom of thought and freedom of action prevailed.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
From the 29th of November till the 6th of December a frightful tempest prevailed.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

Staying I my vows shall fail, Virtue yields as love grows stronger;
Fierce desires will prevail,
You are fair and I am frail,
And dare trust myself no longer.
"Songs Set To Music: 8. Set" by Matthew Prior
"Their fortress we assail;
Hurroo! my boys, hurroo!
The bloody Saxons quail
To hear the wild Shaloo:
Strike, and prevail, proud Innesfail,
O'Brine aboo, aboo!
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray
'Farewell and adieu' was the burden prevailing
Long since in the chant of a home-faring crew;
And the heart in us echoes, with laughing or wailing,
Farewell and adieu.
"At Sea" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The sound is gone forth, 'tis recorded above,
To the mountain it spread from the vale;
"Our God, and our King, and our Country, we love,
And for them we will die or prevail."
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Hail, sweet sad story! Noble lady, hail!—
Who, sorrowing wisely, sorrowed not in vain,
When Love and Death did strive, but Love prevail
To turn thy loss to Everlasting gain.
"From The Great Poet's Lips I Thought To Take" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Or was the wine and blossom but a veil
To hide the doubts that fight and still prevail;
That life is but a rose that fades and dies,
And all the leaves are scattered to the gale;
"Omar Khayyam" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Missouri lawmakers are rethinking prevailing -wage system.
RNA Advances Reshape Prevailing Wisdom.
Commissioners back ' prevailing wage' reform.
Roofing firms sue Delaware over prevailing wage appeal decisions.
A New Prevailing Wage to Protect Taxpayers.
Currently in Missouri, we have what is called prevailing wage.
Get rid of Bay City's prevailing wage ordinance.
The Bay City Commission this month eased an ordinance designed to ensure that contractors working for the city pay prevailing union wages.
Let's modernize Prevailing Wage Act of '61.
Best kind of prevailing wind .
That, or the prevailing trend in home decor has gone the way of 10-year-old Goths.
But it will take more than rhetoric to prevail against the Murdoch machine.
DHS defense collapses late as Sanger prevails.
With many AARP members spread out among three houses, work went quickly and teamwork prevailed.
I always had an unwavering belief that good would prevail over the evil other-worldly creatures at least as long as my Beauty and the Beast nightlight was aglow.

In science:

Figure 4 (a) shows that C2 dominates up to large values of k where finally CI prevails.
Characterizing Synchronization in Time Series using Information Measures Extracted from Symbolic Representations
This is the prevailing view. See comments about recent research in the Acknowledgments at the end of the paper.
Regarding the Potential Impact of Double Star Observations on Conceptions of the Universe of Stars in the Early 17th Century
That is, one may assume that spins and impurities (or fields) behave more independently of each other than in the annealed model so that a conflict occurs, and a steady nonequilibrium condition prevails asymptotically.
First-order phase transition in a 2D random-field Ising model with conflicting dynamics
GUE–type level repulsion is contained in the factor ∆2 (x) in Eq. (14), and such level repulsion will prevail also in the CGUE unless FP (H ) is singular whenever two eigenvalues coincide.
Spectral fluctuation properties of constrained unitary ensembles of Gaussian-distributed random matrices
Our analyses also indicate that the main qualitative features (articulated peaks for low and/or high frequencies) of structures with distance-dependent shortcuts prevail for a range of α, 0≤α≤αc≈2 ± 0.5.
Interplay Between Structural Randomness, Composite Disorder, and Electrical Response: Resonances and Transient Delays in Complex Impedance Networks