Definition of predominant in English:



  • 1Present as the strongest or main element.

    ‘the predominant colour was white’
    • ‘The Mediterranean at this particular spot is any colour except blue, the predominant hue being dirty grey.’
    • ‘Several patterns of presentation allow delineation of cases into four predominant types.’
    • ‘Green is the predominant color achieved naturally by using low quality sand with high iron content.’
    • ‘The predominant colour in this artwork is red, and the feeling is nice.’
    • ‘The color you choose will be determined by the predominant color of the room.’
    • ‘The color patterns are very full with the predominant blues and grays showing their tones beautifully.’
    • ‘Fats in our food are categorized according to the predominant fatty acid that is present.’
    • ‘The three predominant colours of this film are black, white and green.’
    • ‘Its runs articles in several languages that are predominant in the area, although the main body is in English.’
    • ‘The predominant adverse effect seemed to be depression of the central nervous system.’
    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’
      • ‘In fact, until recently, water and dirt remained the predominant means of controlling a blaze.’
      • ‘Sexual reproduction is the predominant force in the propagation of animals and many plants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The influence of feudalism has been most predominant in the political sphere.’
      • ‘He was asked if fear was the predominant emotion in his community as they realize the forces they're up against.’
      • ‘Surely it is tautological to say that coercive organizations rely upon coercion as the predominant method of control?’
      • ‘From where I sit, the predominant mood seems to be one of rising user power.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although she continues to record, the artist is no longer a predominant force in the music industry.’
      • ‘As Britain knows, all predominant power seems for a time invincible, but in fact it is transient.’
      • ‘It is a long established principle that cash flows are the predominant force in the valuation of a business.’
      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).