Definition of prevalence in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈprev(ə)ləns/


The fact or condition of being prevalent; commonness: the prevalence of obesity in adults
More example sentences
  • Ireland currently has the highest prevalence of asthma in Europe and it is still on the increase.
  • Average HIV prevalences in the adult population of most sub-Saharan African countries are 25 percent.
  • They also declined in prevalence as the population became more urban than rural.
commonness, currency, widespread presence, generality, popularity, pervasiveness, universality, extensiveness;
rampancy, rifeness

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: prev·a·lence

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.