One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Greater than others in power or influence.
dominant, predominant, prevalent, in control, more powerful, most powerful, superior, supreme, ascendant, in the ascendancyView synonyms
- ‘Frankly, the prepotent title he goes under isn't enough to lend his argument any legitimacy.’
- 1.1 (of a breeding animal) showing great effectiveness in transmitting hereditary characteristics to its offspring.
dominant, dominating, controlling, superior, powerful, prominent, advantageous, favourable, preferable, more desirable, most desirableView synonyms
- ‘My observations have been that stud fee is usually a fixed number (in my experience about 50% of a typical pet puppy, although it may approach 100% for popular, prepotent sires.’
Late Middle English: from Latin praepotent- ‘having greater power’, from prae ‘before, ahead’ + posse ‘be able’.
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