Definition of prevailing in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɪˈveɪlɪŋ/


1Existing at a particular time; current: the unfavourable prevailing economic conditions
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  • There is nearly always good refuge to fish in any prevailing winds.
  • Steve Trewhella There were a number of non-native, pelagic marine visitors to our coast during the prevailing autumn winds.
  • An order to sell your shares at the prevailing market price.
1.1Having most appeal or influence; prevalent: the prevailing mood within Whitehall circles
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  • By poking holes, lots of holes, in the prevailing theories of today.
  • Return might be the hideous height of his prevailing good intentions.
  • Rather, the original decision is a more accurate reflection of the attitudes prevailing in senior government circles.



[as submodifier]: fourteen years of prevailingly happy marriage
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  • In the same way she doesn't quite fit with the prevailingly cool Pop platform, Drexler's use of words in her visual art makes for an awkward, if strikingly effective, amalgam.
  • This reflects, in part, the prevailingly local character of the interdiction, pronounced by a mullah or self-imposed by a body of listeners.
  • For many in our denomination, the Great Commission is used as a trump card, which they seek to play prevailingly over all other matters.
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