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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•dom•i•nant*prɪˈdɒm ə nənt(adj.)

  1. having ascendancy, power, authority, or influence over others; preeminent.

  2. preponderant; prominent:

    the predominant color of a painting.

* Syn: See dominant.

Origin of predominant:

1570–80; < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife(adj)

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"

  2. overriding, paramount, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating(adj)

    having superior power and influence

    "the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism"


  1. predominant(Noun)

    A subdominant.

  2. predominant(Adjective)

    common or widespread; prevalent

  3. predominant(Adjective)

    significant or important; dominant

Webster Dictionary

  1. Predominant(adj)

    having the ascendency over others; superior in strength, influence, or authority; prevailing; as, a predominant color; predominant excellence


  1. Predominant chord

    In music theory, a predominant chord is any chord which normally resolves to a dominant chord. Examples of predominant chords are the subdominant, supertonic, Neapolitan sixth and German sixth. Other examples are the secondary dominant, secondary leading tone chord, iv and ii°. The predominant harmonic function is part of the fundamental harmonic progression of many classical works. The dominant preparation is a chord or series of chords that precedes the dominant chord in a musical composition. Usually, the dominant preparation is derived from a circle of fifths progression. The most common dominant preparation chords are the supertonic, the subdominant, the V7/V, the Neapolitan chord, and the augmented sixth chords. In sonata form, the dominant preparation is in the development, immediately preceding the recapitulation. Ludwig van Beethoven's sonata-form works generally have extensive dominant preparation — for example, in the first movement of the Sonata Pathétique, the dominant preparation lasts for 29 measures.

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stronger, more numerous, more noticeable etc

The English language is predominant in America.

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