What does prevailing mean?

Definitions for prevailing
prɪˈveɪ lɪŋpre·vail·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rifeadjective

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"


  1. prevailingadjective

    Predominant; of greatest force.

    The prevailing opinion was for additional planning time.

  2. prevailingadjective

    Prevalent, common, widespread.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prevailingadjective

    Predominant; having most influence.

    Etymology: from prevail.

    Probabilities, which cross men’s appetites and prevailing passions, run the same fate: let never so much probability hang on one side of a covetous man’s reasoning, and money on the other, it is easy to foresee which will outweigh. John Locke.

    Save the friendless infants from oppression;
    Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers,
    And warring angels combat on thy side. Nicholas Rowe.


  1. prevailing

    Prevailing refers to something that is most common or widespread, dominant or having superior power or influence, generally accepted or being in effect or use at a particular time. It is something that exists or is present in particular circumstances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prevailing

    of Prevail

  2. Prevailingadjective

    having superior force or influence; efficacious; persuasive

  3. Prevailingadjective

    predominant; prevalent; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevailing in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevailing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prevailing in a Sentence

  1. Woodford Patient Capital Trust:

    With the continuing uncertainty prevailing in markets, the board has decided that now is not an appropriate time to raise capital.

  2. Mike Petters:

    Cooler heads have a way of prevailing on something like this.

  3. Jeff Weaver:

    We ended up prevailing.

  4. Neil Sutherland:

    The risk profile of the banking sector will be something of a safe haven from the financial engineering and M&A risk prevailing in other sectors.

  5. Jeff Weaver:

    They wanted to make some last-minute changes to the debate. We obviously wanted to keep the format to what had been agreed to and I think people on our staff argued vigorously to that and were successful, we ended up prevailing.

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