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prevalent

Syllabification: prev·a·lent
Pronunciation: /ˈprev(ə)lənt
 
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Definition of prevalent in English:

adjective

1Widespread in a particular area at a particular time: the social ills prevalent in society today
More example sentences
  • This is just another example of the insidious prying into peoples' lives that is so prevalent in our society today.
  • When not targeting suspected burglars' homes, the squad patrols areas where thefts are prevalent.
  • Pilots have spoken of the dangerous winds prevalent in the area where the friends were last heard from.
Synonyms
widespread, prevailing, frequent, usual, common, current, popular, general, universal;
endemic, rampant, rife
1.1 archaic Predominant; powerful.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin praevalent- 'having greater power', from the verb praevalere (see prevail).

Derivatives

prevalently

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It seems unnecessary for alcohol to infiltrate every single aspect of life quite so prevalently when many of the kids in class can't even legally buy alcohol.
  • As you'd expect, the audience was prevalently female - the stampede for the loos during the intermission was a sight to see - but that wasn't a big deal.
  • During the same period, this area of Italian Catholicism underwent enormous transformation, changing from a prevalently formal unified pattern to a prevalently pluralistic movement pattern.

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