- The definition of dominant is a person who is in a position of power or who is exhibiting powerful or controlling tendencies.
An example of dominant is a strong and powerful CEO.
- Dominant refers to a gene that will present itself by producing a characteristic that can be inherited.
An example of a dominant gene is the brown-eyed gene, compared to the blue-eyed gene which is recessive.
- Dominant is defined a person who exhibits power and control or a thing, like a gene, that exerts itself and makes itself known.
- An example of dominant is the brown-eyed gene.
- An example of dominant is a CEO.
He appears to have a dominant personality.
- exercising authority or influence; dominating; ruling; prevailing
- Genetics designating or relating to that one of any pair of allelic hereditary factors which, when both are present in the germ plasm, dominates over the other and appears in the organism
- Music of or based upon the fifth tone of a diatonic scale
Origin of dominantClassical Latin dominans, present participle of dominari: see dominate
- Ecol. that species of plant or animal most numerous in a community or exercising control over the other organisms by its influence upon the environment
- Genetics a dominant character or factor
- Music the fifth note of a diatonic scale
- a. Exercising the most power, control, or influence: the dominant nations during the Cold War.b. Most abundant or conspicuous; predominant: “[The fireplaces'] shallow brick arches are a relief from the dominant squares and verticals of the windows and doors” (Stephen A. Kliment).
- Higher; overlooking: dominant hills.
- Tending to be stronger than its counterpart or used for the most important tasks or in the most pressing situations: Which is your dominant eye? Throw the ball with your dominant arm.
- Genetics Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect in heterozygotes as in homozygotes.
- Ecology Of, relating to, or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species.
- Music Relating to or based on the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
- Genetics A dominant allele or a trait produced by a dominant allele.
- Ecology A dominant species.
- Music The fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
Origin of dominantMiddle English dominaunt, from Old French, from Latin domināns, dominant-, present participle of dominārī, to dominate; see dominate.
(comparative more dominant, superlative most dominant)
From Middle French dominant.