Prevailing meaning

prĭ-vā'lĭng
Superior in strength, influence, or effect.
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Predominant; of greatest force.

The prevailing opinion was for additional planning time.

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Present participle of prevail.
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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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Generally current; widespread.

The prevailing attitude.

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Blowing usually or most frequently from a given direction.

A prevailing easterly wind.

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Most frequent, noticeable, etc.; predominant.
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Widely existing; prevalent.
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