- 1Most important, powerful, or influential: they are now in an even more dominant position in the marketMore example sentences
- He argues that historically the reaction of lesser states has been determined more by the potential power of the dominant state than by its actual behaviour or avowed intentions.
- Geopolitics, history and common sense all indicate that a dominant power chooses its own policies without being influenced by the special wishes of others - however friendly.
- His powerful and sometimes dominant influence on Austrian politics is a result of the refusal of the other official parties to seriously take him on.
- 1.1(Of a high place or object) overlooking others.More example sentences
- Councillors heard the property was in a dominant position overlooking the Upper Green, and due to design details did not contribute favourably to the appearance of the conservation area.
- ‘We own the dominant terrain in the area’.
- When covering a region from dominant terrain, evacuate the force by establishing a series of perimeter posts.
- 1.2 Genetics Relating to or denoting heritable characteristics that are controlled by genes that are expressed in offspring even when inherited from only one parent. Often contrasted with recessive.More example sentences
- One dominant suppressor was identified among the 112 suppressors characterized.
- For simplicity, we assume that alleles are partially dominant and expressed in both sexes.
- In contrast, a fully dominant modifier can never invade.
- 1.3 Ecology Denoting the predominant species in a plant (or animal) community.More example sentences
- Fluctuations in the productivity of dominant plant species should also have a significant impact on complex food webs in forest ecosystems.
- In an environment with moving sand, tolerance to partial burial seems to be a requisite for the dominant plant species.
- Perennial woody plants are the dominant species in many ecosystems of the world and have significant ecological and economic importance.
- 1.4In decision theory, (of a choice) at least as good as the alternatives in all circumstances, and better in some: holding back is here a dominant strategyMore example sentences
- Although the dominant strategy is to not donate, approximately 50% of the students donated.
- They too concluded that non-invasive ventilation was a dominant strategy for severe exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- In game theoretic terms, this suggests that there is a dominant strategy that mechanistically pushes all parties to compete.
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- 1A dominant thing, in particular.More example sentences
- We refer to the nest usurper and new dominant of the nest as the alpha female and the subordinate female whose nest is usurped as the beta female.
- I base the model on the simplest skew model, which presents a game between one subordinate and one dominant.
- If dominants assess, subordinates may either commit and cooperate or remain flexible and cheat.
- 1.1 Genetics A dominant trait or gene.More example sentences
- Instead selection causes the same increase in allele frequency in both dominants and recessives, at least early on when the fates of nearly all alleles are determined.
- This suggested that the wirehair gene is a simple dominant because there was little chance the unrelated female was carrying a recessive wirehair gene.
- Most are inherited as autosomal dominants, and death can be prevented by implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
- 1.2 Ecology A dominant species in a plant (or animal) community.More example sentences
- In all years, the community dominants were species resilient to the stress of drawdowns, or good colonizers.
- The presumed mechanism is the increase in biomass with fertility, and the resulting rise in competition intensity, which leads to the replacement of smaller and more-slow growing plant species by tall canopy-forming dominants.
- In the concessions model of reproductive transactions, dominants are assumed to have complete control over reproduction and group membership.
- 1.3 Music The fifth note of the diatonic scale of any key, or the key based on this, considered in relation to the key of the tonic.More example sentences
- At the end of this deeply thought-provoking work, then, one is left wondering whether the tonic is E and the dominant B, or the tonic B with dominants D, F and G#.
- So, as he informs us, his tonal process is principally governed by what he describes as tonics and dominants.
- The sonata form, and its gripping epic of migration from the tonic to the dominant and then back again, is an archetype of this.
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- Its brightly coloured domes, apparently built to resemble St Basil's in Moscow, are unusual for a city of dominantly European architecture and are therefore a striking landmark.
- The reason the farmers appear so dominantly in our observations is 70 per cent of the water that's used in Australia is in rural areas.
- Weekly staff meetings are dominantly developmental in focus.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dominant- 'ruling, governing', from the verb dominari (see dominate).