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