Share this entry

predominance Line breaks: pre|dom¦in|ance
Pronunciation: /prɪˈdɒmɪnəns/

Definition of predominance in English:


[mass noun]
1The state or condition of being greater in number or amount: the predominance of women in such professions as social work and nursing [in singular]: churches with a predominance of African-American members
More example sentences
  • Despite the predominance of female teachers, administrative positions are held predominantly by men.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome affects 10% of adults, with unexplained female predominance.
  • There is an overwhelming predominance of female images in prehistoric art.
prevalence, dominance, greater number/amount, preponderance, majority, bulk
1.1The possession or exertion of control or power: Hollywood’s continued predominance in the international film market
More example sentences
  • The country has always used its economic and military predominance to exert its influence at the Pacific Island Forum.
  • The world has become too large and complex to accept the predominance of one power.
  • In England, it remained distinctively regional, and was particularly associated with areas of Puritan activism and social predominance like Essex.

Definition of predominance in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words