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1Most important, powerful, or influential.‘they are now in an even more dominant position in the market’
presiding, ruling, governing, controlling, commanding, ascendant, supreme, authoritative, most influential, most powerful, superiorassertive, self-assured, self-possessed, authoritative, forceful, domineering, commanding, controlling, bullishView synonyms
- ‘It has, since the 1960s, been the dominant influence on education policy on both sides of the Atlantic.’
- ‘The peace settlement left it in a potentially dominant position in Europe, wounded but not seriously hurt.’
- ‘However, the second half of the month was wet and windy as Atlantic depressions became the dominant influence, some of which owed their origins to former hurricanes.’
- ‘His powerful and sometimes dominant influence on Austrian politics is a result of the refusal of the other official parties to seriously take him on.’
- ‘They will not be the dominant power for long anyway.’
- ‘By the 1930s, it had become the dominant paradigm in American experimental psychology.’
- ‘Geopolitics, history and common sense all indicate that a dominant power chooses its own policies without being influenced by the special wishes of others - however friendly.’
- ‘However, she disobeys her orders and resists the dominant powers with little effort.’
- ‘The moral of the story so far is this: don't become the clearly dominant power unless you are able to preserve your position through cunning diplomacy, or you are large enough to make the dash for victory.’
- ‘Economically, however, the paper remains dominant in its market.’
- ‘Larger individuals generally are socially dominant, and so compete better for food resources.’
- ‘How has all this misleading language become so dominant across the political spectrum?’
- ‘Moreover, the development of a dominant ideology deserves a mention in this context.’
- ‘It has moved from being a dominant power which most often works through a sort of informal consensus to one that increasingly seeks to act through dictation.’
- ‘Only the largest and most dominant males have the opportunity to breed.’
- ‘He argues that historically the reaction of lesser states has been determined more by the potential power of the dominant state than by its actual behaviour or avowed intentions.’
- ‘The emergence of improvement as a dominant ideology derived from three of its characteristics.’
- ‘To make progress in their struggle for equality, they needed to wrest power from their own dominant strata.’
- ‘The romantics are moralistic, rebellious against the perceived dominant power, and combative against any who appear to stray from the true path.’
- ‘Any firm with the market power attendant upon a dominant position has the potential to do this.’
- 1.1(of a high place or object) overlooking others.
- ‘Councillors heard the property was in a dominant position overlooking the Upper Green, and due to design details did not contribute favourably to the appearance of the conservation area.’
- ‘The mountains represent the dominant terrain of the country and the rising sun represents a ‘new dawn’ for the nation.’
- ‘‘We own the dominant terrain in the area’.’
- ‘When covering a region from dominant terrain, evacuate the force by establishing a series of perimeter posts.’
- ‘Instead of constantly maneuvering to maintain contact, the platoon should seize the dominant terrain in the area.’
- 1.2Genetics Relating to or denoting heritable characteristics that are controlled by genes that are expressed in offspring even when inherited from only one parent.Often contrasted with recessive
- ‘One dominant suppressor was identified among the 112 suppressors characterized.’
- ‘Consider first a dominant allele that is beneficial to females but detrimental to males.’
- ‘In contrast, a fully dominant modifier can never invade.’
- ‘X-ray mutagenesis led to the identification of dominant mutations altering the number of bristles.’
- ‘For simplicity, we assume that alleles are partially dominant and expressed in both sexes.’
- 1.3Ecology Denoting the predominant species in a plant (or animal) community.
- ‘Perennial woody plants are the dominant species in many ecosystems of the world and have significant ecological and economic importance.’
- ‘In the hotter climates of southwest Asia and Africa, a ‘mutant’ with only one hump, the Dromedary, became the dominant species.’
- ‘Sandy areas at the study site can be classified into two habitat types based on mobility of the sand and on the dominant perennial plant species.’
- ‘Fluctuations in the productivity of dominant plant species should also have a significant impact on complex food webs in forest ecosystems.’
- ‘In an environment with moving sand, tolerance to partial burial seems to be a requisite for the dominant plant species.’
- 1.4In decision theory, (of a choice) at least as good as the alternatives in all circumstances, and better in some.‘holding back is here a dominant strategy’
- ‘In game theoretic terms, this suggests that there is a dominant strategy that mechanistically pushes all parties to compete.’
- ‘At times the seeking or avoiding of such even exchanges may even be the dominant strategy in a game.’
- ‘Although the dominant strategy is to not donate, approximately 50% of the students donated.’
- ‘They too concluded that non-invasive ventilation was a dominant strategy for severe exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.’
1A dominant thing, in particular.
- ‘If subordinates never cheat, why should dominants assess subordinate reproduction at all, if doing so is costly?’
- ‘If dominants assess, subordinates may either commit and cooperate or remain flexible and cheat.’
- ‘We could equally well be dealing with an adaptation of a legend about another animal in a culture where snakes were prominent, an instance, in other words, of what folklorists term a traditional dominant.’
- ‘While Rainer was closely associated with both of these artistic dominants, she did not sit comfortably with either.’
- ‘If dominants do not assess, subordinates will always remain flexible but may either cooperate or cheat.’
- ‘We refer to the nest usurper and new dominant of the nest as the alpha female and the subordinate female whose nest is usurped as the beta female.’
- ‘I base the model on the simplest skew model, which presents a game between one subordinate and one dominant.’
- 1.1Genetics A dominant trait or gene.
- ‘Instead selection causes the same increase in allele frequency in both dominants and recessives, at least early on when the fates of nearly all alleles are determined.’
- ‘This suggested that the wirehair gene is a simple dominant because there was little chance the unrelated female was carrying a recessive wirehair gene.’
- ‘Most are inherited as autosomal dominants, and death can be prevented by implantable cardioverter defibrillators.’
- ‘The gene governing taillessness is an incomplete dominant.’
- 1.2Ecology A dominant species in a plant (or animal) community.
- ‘In all years, the community dominants were species resilient to the stress of drawdowns, or good colonizers.’
- ‘In the concessions model of reproductive transactions, dominants are assumed to have complete control over reproduction and group membership.’
- ‘Forest trees are good experimental objects because they are dominants, and because suitable methods are available to determine growth increments.’
- ‘However, shorter subordinate species were able to capture equal or even greater amounts of light per unit mass than dominants in spite of the fact that they were heavily shaded.’
- ‘The presumed mechanism is the increase in biomass with fertility, and the resulting rise in competition intensity, which leads to the replacement of smaller and more-slow growing plant species by tall canopy-forming dominants.’
- 1.3Music The fifth note of the diatonic scale of any key, or the key based on this, considered in relation to the key of the tonic.
- ‘At the end of this deeply thought-provoking work, then, one is left wondering whether the tonic is E and the dominant B, or the tonic B with dominants D, F and G#.’
- ‘Pitches in brackets are not dominant in the melodic cell.’
- ‘In measures 68 and 69, an A-major chord, the dominant of the key, is sounded, signaling the end of the piece.’
- ‘So, as he informs us, his tonal process is principally governed by what he describes as tonics and dominants.’
- ‘The sonata form, and its gripping epic of migration from the tonic to the dominant and then back again, is an archetype of this.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dominant- ruling, governing from the verb dominari (see dominate).
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