- The theory of evolution is an example of the prevailing theory about where people come from, since scientists on the whole currently accept the theory.
- The speed of the wind is an example of the prevailing force of the wind.
The definition of prevailing is something with the most widespread influence or acceptance at the present time.
- superior in strength, influence, or effect
- most frequent, noticeable, etc.; predominant
- widely existing; prevalent
- Generally current; widespread: the prevailing attitude.
- Blowing usually or most frequently from a given direction: a prevailing easterly wind.
prevailing prevalent current
These adjectives denote what exists or is encountered generally at a particular time. Prevailing applies to what is most frequent or common at a certain time or in a certain place: took a poll to find the prevailing opinion. Prevalent suggests widespread existence or occurrence but does not imply predominance: a belief that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Current often stresses the present time and is frequently applied to what is subject to frequent change: current psychoanalytic theories.
(comparative more prevailing, superlative most prevailing)
- Present participle of prevail.