Notebook, 1993-



Of Wide Extent or Occurrence, General Use or Acceptance, Common, Extensive, Generally Current . . . . To exist everywhere or generally . . . . Most Important or Conspicuous Feature . . . . Superior in Power or Influence . . . . To Become Dominant, To Win Out, Very Strong . . . . Successfully Persuading or Inducing . . . . Predominant, Effectual, Preponderant

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Prevalence n. 1. of wide extent or accurrence. 2. in general use or acceptance. [< L praevalent- (s. of preaevaléns), prp. of praevalére to Prevail; -Syn. common, extensive. See current.

Prevail v.i. 1. to exist everywhere or generally. 2. to appear or occur as the most important or conspicuous feature or element. 23. to be or prove superior in power or influence [usually fol. by over]. 4. to become dominant or win out. 5. to use persuasion or inducement successfully [usually fol. by on or upon]: Can you prevail on him to go? [ME prevaylle(n) (to) grow very strong < L praevalé(re) (to) be more able. See PRE-, -VALENT] -Syn. 2. preponderate. 3. overcome. -Ant. 3. lose.

Prevailing adj. 1. predominant. 2. generally current. 3. having superior power or influence. 4. effectual. -Syn. 1. preponderant, dominant; prevalent. 2. common. See current.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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