Definition of prevalent in English:



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

    ‘the social ills prevalent in society today’
    • ‘Such intrusions are becoming more prevalent in society because of the advance of technology.’
    • ‘Usually, caregiving is taken up as part of the informal set up of the family that is prevalent in society.’
    • ‘Which, some persons have been heard to observe, is why we have some of the social problems prevalent today.’
    • ‘But crime is most prevalent in those urban areas where the multiply disadvantaged dwell.’
    • ‘Many such areas are forested, and human activity is generally more prevalent.’
    • ‘So where does it come from, who is responsible and why is it more prevalent today than at any time previously?’
    • ‘A few samples exhibited particularly prevalent areas of endolithic borings around the margins of the rostra.’
    • ‘Scraps of food and paper were evident in in the lane and a strong fishy odour was prevalent in the area.’
    • ‘Of course, the homophobia prevalent in the general population is the reason why the latents remain latents.’
    • ‘Pilots have spoken of the dangerous winds prevalent in the area where the friends were last heard from.’
    • ‘They have perhaps rejected the view of their parents or a prevalent view in society.’
    • ‘It has two corollaries that challenge conceptions prevalent in some societies and ideologies.’
    • ‘The racism our parent's faced in the past is far less prevalent today than it was decades ago.’
    • ‘When not targeting suspected burglars' homes, the squad patrols areas where thefts are prevalent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the most prevalent crimes in wide-open areas like Wiltshire is theft from cars.’
    • ‘Hip fractures are also more prevalent in areas with fluoridated water.’
    • ‘Among this group smoking is less prevalent than in the general population.’
    • ‘Divorce is far more prevalent today, ending nearly half of all marriages compared to little more than a quarter back then.’
    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).