Definition of predominant in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈdɒmɪnənt/


1Present as the strongest or main element: the predominant colour was white
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  • The three predominant colours of this film are black, white and green.
  • The color you choose will be determined by the predominant color of the room.
  • Green is the predominant color achieved naturally by using low quality sand with high iron content.
main, chief, principal, most important, of greatest importance, primary, prime, overriding, uppermost, central, cardinal, leading, top-tier, foremost, key, paramount, preponderant, prevailing;
most obvious, most noticeable, most prominent
informal number-one, top-priority
1.1Having or exerting control or power: the predominant political forces
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  • In 1914, France was one of Europe's leading powers but not the predominant force that it had been in Napoleon's day.
  • Superiority and power are predominant themes in the perioperative environment.
  • As Britain knows, all predominant power seems for a time invincible, but in fact it is transient.
controlling, in control, dominant, predominating, more/most powerful, more/most important, pre-eminent, ascendant, superior, in the ascendancy, ruling, leading, principal, chief, main, supreme, prevalent
rare prepotent, prepollent


Mid 16th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin predominant- 'predominating', from the verb predominari (see predominate).

  • danger from Middle English:

    From the early Middle Ages into the 19th century danger meant ‘jurisdiction, power’, originally ‘the power of a lord and master, power to harm’. This reflects its origin in Latin dominus ‘lord’, the root of which also gave us dame, predominant (mid 16th century), and dungeon. In the later Middle Ages danger developed its main modern sense.

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