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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.

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. Tom Selleck:

    Trafficking is more prevalent than people realize, it is stunning and shocking that human beings have evolved to this. It is an important story.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Probability of GMDC share is NEGLIGIBLE. but falling down is IMMENSE. Investors who purchased it @ Rs.218 in April has got struck now and slowly inch by inch it is dropping down and last month it had touched up to Rs.123. This scrip reminds a very famous Villagers & MONKEY Purchase story prevalent about STOCK MARKET working methodology

  3. Stephen Miller:

    When you have large pockets of migration from places where jihadist ideology is prevalent, it can easily create the conditions where large numbers of people, especially young people, can become radicalized or swept up into a radical fervor.

  4. Bill Schuette:

    There are some people who altered figures. There are some people who monkeyed with the figures, i think there was too much of an attitude of balance sheets and figures instead of safety and making sure the water system worked right. And that attitude I think was corrosive, as well, and I think far too prevalent.

  5. Evelyn Yang:

    Everyone has their own MeToo story, it's far too prevalent. But not everyone can tell their story. Not everyone has the audience or platform to tell their story, and I actually feel like I'm in this very privileged position to be able to do that.

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