Definition of prevalent in English:



  • 1[attributive] Widespread in a particular area or at a particular time.

    ‘the social ills prevalent in society today’
    • ‘One of the most prevalent crimes in wide-open areas like Wiltshire is theft from cars.’
    • ‘Which, some persons have been heard to observe, is why we have some of the social problems prevalent today.’
    • ‘This is just another example of the insidious prying into peoples' lives that is so prevalent in our society today.’
    • ‘Many such areas are forested, and human activity is generally more prevalent.’
    • ‘Divorce is far more prevalent today, ending nearly half of all marriages compared to little more than a quarter back then.’
    • ‘Such intrusions are becoming more prevalent in society because of the advance of technology.’
    • ‘Scraps of food and paper were evident in in the lane and a strong fishy odour was prevalent in the area.’
    • ‘But crime is most prevalent in those urban areas where the multiply disadvantaged dwell.’
    • ‘Although the above only refers to the blogosphere, the same issues are prevalent in other areas of our lives too.’
    • ‘Among this group smoking is less prevalent than in the general population.’
    • ‘It has two corollaries that challenge conceptions prevalent in some societies and ideologies.’
    • ‘A few samples exhibited particularly prevalent areas of endolithic borings around the margins of the rostra.’
    • ‘Hip fractures are also more prevalent in areas with fluoridated water.’
    • ‘They have perhaps rejected the view of their parents or a prevalent view in society.’
    • ‘Usually, caregiving is taken up as part of the informal set up of the family that is prevalent in society.’
    • ‘The racism our parent's faced in the past is far less prevalent today than it was decades ago.’
    • ‘Of course, the homophobia prevalent in the general population is the reason why the latents remain latents.’
    • ‘So where does it come from, who is responsible and why is it more prevalent today than at any time previously?’
    • ‘When not targeting suspected burglars' homes, the squad patrols areas where thefts are prevalent.’
    • ‘Pilots have spoken of the dangerous winds prevalent in the area where the friends were last heard from.’
    widespread, prevailing, frequent, usual, common, general, universal, pervasive, extensive, ubiquitous, ordinary
    endemic, rampant, rife
    recognized, established, accepted
    current, popular, fashionable, in fashion, in style, in vogue
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    1. 1.1archaic Predominant; powerful.
      dominant, predominant, in control, more powerful, most powerful, superior, supreme, ascendant, in the ascendancy
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Late 16th century: from Latin praevalent- having greater power, from the verb praevalere (see prevail).