Prevailing Definition

prĭ-vālĭng
adjective
Superior in strength, influence, or effect.
Webster's New World
Most frequent, noticeable, etc.; predominant.
Webster's New World
Blowing usually or most frequently from a given direction.
A prevailing easterly wind.
American Heritage
Widely existing; prevalent.
Webster's New World
The definition of prevailing is something with the most widespread influence or acceptance at the present time.
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.
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