An example of predominant used as an adjective is the phrase predominant species which means the species with the highest population in a particular area.
- having ascendancy, authority, or dominating influence over others; superior
- most frequent, noticeable, etc.; prevailing; preponderant
Origin of predominantFrench prédominant ; from Medieval Latin predominans, present participle of predominari: see pre- and amp; dominant
- Having the most importance, influence, or force: the predominant theory in the field.
- Most common or conspicuous; main or prevalent: “Egrets, gulls and small mammals are the predominant wildlife on the island these days” (Dan McCoubrey).
Origin of predominantMedieval Latin praedomināns, praedominant-, present participle of praedominārī, to predominate; see predominate.
(comparative more predominant, superlative most predominant)
- (music) A subdominant.