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ˈprɛv ə ləntpreva·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rifeadjective

    most frequent or common

    "prevailing winds"


  1. prevalentadjective

    Widespread or preferred.

  2. prevalentadjective

    Superior or dominant.

  3. Etymology: From praevalentem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prevalentadjective

    Victorious; gaining superiority.

    Etymology: prævalens, Lat.

    Brennus told the Roman ambassadors, that prevalent arms were as good as any title, and that valiant men might account to be their own as much as they could get. Walter Raleigh.

    On the foughten field,
    Michael and his angels prevalent encamping. John Milton.

    The conduct of a peculiar providence made the instruments of that great design prevalent and victorious, and all those mountains of opposition to become plains. Robert South, Sermons.

    Eve! easily may faith admit, that all
    The good which we enjoy, from heav’n descends;
    But, that from us ought should ascend to heav’n,
    So prevalent, as to concern the mind
    Of God high-blest; or to incline his will;
    Hard to belief may seem. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    This was the most received and prevalent opinion, when I first brought my collection up to London. John Woodward.


  1. prevalent

    In epidemiology, prevalence is the proportion of a particular population found to be affected by a medical condition (typically a disease or a risk factor such as smoking or seatbelt use) at a specific time. It is derived by comparing the number of people found to have the condition with the total number of people studied and is usually expressed as a fraction, a percentage, or the number of cases per 10,000 or 100,000 people. Prevalence is most often used in questionnaire studies.


  1. prevalent

    Prevalent refers to something that is widespread or commonly occurring in a particular place or among a particular group. It can also denote a dominant or frequent presence or influence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prevalentadjective

    gaining advantage or superiority; having superior force, influence, or efficacy; prevailing; predominant; successful; victorious

  2. Prevalentadjective

    most generally received or current; most widely adopted or practiced; also, generally or extensively existing; widespread; prevailing; as, a prevalent observance; prevalent disease

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevalent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevalent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prevalent in a Sentence

  1. Eric Wiegand:

    Unfortunately, we haven't been able to divorce ourselves from the themes that were prevalent last year.

  2. Greg Mayer:

    The 'aha' moment came when we saw how much more prevalent resistant sequences were downwind than upwind, it was not just higher in some of them—it was 4,000 percent more. It made me not want to breathe.

  3. Andrew Pedtke:

    The most prevalent population of amputees are vascular diabetics, so they tend to be a little bit older, and they’re not necessarily as mobile as some of the younger trauma folks or warriors, they’re looking for something that’s really helpful and gets them along in everyday life, is liberating, they just want to get up and move around.

  4. Mike Pedersen:

    I have no doubt that in five years carbon pricing will be prevalent in the Western world.

  5. Frances Bean:

    The violation of basic human rights that seems to be a prevalent them in our country right now ... I would like to believe that Kurt wouldn't have stood for that or accepted that.

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