Definition of predominant in English:



  • 1Present as the strongest or main element.

    ‘the predominant colour was white’
    • ‘The three predominant colours of this film are black, white and green.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean at this particular spot is any colour except blue, the predominant hue being dirty grey.’
    • ‘The color patterns are very full with the predominant blues and grays showing their tones beautifully.’
    • ‘Several patterns of presentation allow delineation of cases into four predominant types.’
    • ‘The color you choose will be determined by the predominant color of the room.’
    • ‘The predominant colour in this artwork is red, and the feeling is nice.’
    • ‘Fats in our food are categorized according to the predominant fatty acid that is present.’
    • ‘Green is the predominant color achieved naturally by using low quality sand with high iron content.’
    • ‘The predominant adverse effect seemed to be depression of the central nervous system.’
    • ‘Its runs articles in several languages that are predominant in the area, although the main body is in English.’
    main, chief, principal, most important, of greatest importance, primary, prime, overriding, uppermost, central, cardinal, leading, top-tier, foremost, key, paramount, preponderant, prevailing
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    1. 1.1 Having or exerting control or power.
      ‘the predominant political forces’
      • ‘The influence of feudalism has been most predominant in the political sphere.’
      • ‘In 1914, France was one of Europe's leading powers but not the predominant force that it had been in Napoleon's day.’
      • ‘He was asked if fear was the predominant emotion in his community as they realize the forces they're up against.’
      • ‘In fact, until recently, water and dirt remained the predominant means of controlling a blaze.’
      • ‘Superiority and power are predominant themes in the perioperative environment.’
      • ‘Surely it is tautological to say that coercive organizations rely upon coercion as the predominant method of control?’
      • ‘The predominant pattern is for a successful king's power to fade in old age and for kingly pre-eminence to pass to the ruler of one of the other kingdoms.’
      • ‘As Britain knows, all predominant power seems for a time invincible, but in fact it is transient.’
      • ‘From where I sit, the predominant mood seems to be one of rising user power.’
      • ‘Although she continues to record, the artist is no longer a predominant force in the music industry.’
      • ‘Some knowledge of the predominant weed species or groups to be controlled is desirable.’
      • ‘We don't have to be the predominant force, by any stretch of imagination now.’
      • ‘It is a long established principle that cash flows are the predominant force in the valuation of a business.’
      • ‘Sexual reproduction is the predominant force in the propagation of animals and many plants.’
      controlling, in control, dominant, predominating, more powerful, most powerful, more important, most important, pre-eminent, ascendant, superior, in the ascendancy, ruling, leading, principal, chief, main, supreme, prevalent
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Mid 16th century: from Old French, from medieval Latin predominant- ‘predominating’, from the verb predominari (see predominate).