dominant


dominant
dominant, predominant, paramount, preponderant, preponderating, sovereign mean superior to all others in power, influence, position, or rank.
Something is dominant which is thought of as ruling, as commanding, or as uppermost
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a dominant race

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the idea of beauty and of a human nature perfect on all its sides, which is the dominant idea of poetry— Arnold

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I will not say that money has ceased to be the dominant force in American life— Lerner

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Something is predominant which is for the time being in the ascendant or exerts the most marked influence
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the power of . . . modifying a series of thoughts by some one predominant thought or feeling— Coleridge

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a variety of subjects ... in which no particular one is predominantCowper

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the painter whose predominant aim is moral instruction— Binyon

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Something is paramount which has preeminence or supremacy in importance, order, rank, or jurisdiction
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time is of paramount importance— Roosevelt

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for most American newsmen the ideal of accurate and objective news reports is fundamental and paramountMott

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Something is preponderant or preponderating which outweighs or overbalances every other thing of its kind in power, influence, force, or number; these terms are commonly used without clear distinction in meaning, but preponderating sometimes suggests active operation
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the preponderating tendency

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and preponderant the actual effect
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for several years this political party has been the preponderant party in the affairs of the nation

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the preponderant influence of a group of banks

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if the net result was beneficial to the university —and this seems to be the preponderant opinion around Madison — it was detrimental to La Follette— Davis

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Something is sovereign (see also FREE) when every other comparable thing is subordinate, inferior, or of lower value; the term therefore imputes unquestioned supremacy to the thing so described
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the Sovereign Ruler of the universe

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the sovereign power in the United States of America is vested in the people

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a sovereign remedy

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wearing ... an amulet sovereign against all passion— Browning

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promote . . . the sovereign good of the community— Grote

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Analogous words: *prevailing, prevalent: preeminent, *supreme, transcendent, surpassing: outstanding, salient, signal (see NOTICEABLE): governing, ruling (see GOVERN)
Antonyms: subordinate

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  • dominant — dominant, ante [ dɔminɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIIIe; de dominer 1 ♦ Qui exerce l autorité, domine sur d autres. Nation dominante. Féod. Fief dominant. Dr. Fonds dominant : immeuble au profit duquel existe une servitude (opposé à fonds servant). ♢ Biol.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dominant — I adjective ascendant, authoritative, cardinal, chief, commanding, controlling, eminent, first, foremost, governing, hegemonical, influential, leading, main, master, overshadowing, paramount, predominant, predominating, preeminent, preponderant,… …   Law dictionary

  • dominant — dominant, ante (do mi nan, nan t ) adj. 1°   En parlant des choses, qui domine, qui prévaut. Goût dominant. Passion dominante. •   Comme elle [la passion du trône] est la première, elle est la dominante, CORN. Tite et Bér. I, 2. •   Je veux, je… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • dominant — DOMINÁNT, Ă, dominanţi, te, adj., s.f. 1. adj. Care domină. ♦ (Despre însuşiri, factori, trăsături etc.) Predominant, specific, caracteristic. 2. s.f. Trăsătură caracteristică a unei lucrări, a unui proces etc. 3. s.f. (muz.) Treapta a cincea a… …   Dicționar Român

  • Dominant — Dom i*nant, a. [L. dominans, antis, p. pr. of dominari: cf. F. dominant. See {Dominate}.] Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power. [1913 Webster] The member of a dominant race is, in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dominant — UK US /ˈdɒmɪnənt/ adjective ► more important, powerful, or successful than other people, companies, etc.: »The question was whether cable or wireless would become dominant. dominant force/player »For a long time Detroit was the dominant force in… …   Financial and business terms

  • Dominant — Dom i*nant, n. (Mus.) The fifth tone of the scale; thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on. [1913 Webster] {Dominant chord} (Mus.), the chord based upon the dominant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dominant — DOMINANT, ANTE, adject. Qui domine. Passion dominante. Humeur dominante. Goût dominant. [b]f♛/b] On dit figurément, qu Il y a dans un ouvrage une idée dominante à laquelle tout est subordonné. Cet homme est obsédé d une idée dominante qu il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • dominant — [däm′ə nənt] adj. [L dominans, prp. of dominari: see DOMINATE] 1. exercising authority or influence; dominating; ruling; prevailing 2. Genetics designating or relating to that one of any pair of allelic hereditary factors which, when both are… …   English World dictionary

  • dominant — Dominant, [domin]ante. adj. v. Qui domine. Seigneur dominant. fief dominant. passion dominante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française


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