Prevalent definition

prĕvə-lənt
Widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted, or practiced.
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(rare) Stronger, more effective, etc.; dominant.
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The definition of prevalent is widespread, well known or in general use.

An example of prevalent is the use of a letter grading system in colleges.

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Generally practiced, occurring, or accepted.
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Widely existing.
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Widespread or preferred.
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Origin of prevalent

  • Middle English very strong from Latin praevalēns praevalent- present participle of praevalēre to be stronger prevail

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • pre- +"Ž -valent, From Latin praevalentem.

    From Wiktionary