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predominant
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Definition most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
  • In the summer, our afternoon breezes come predominantly from the southwest.
predominantly = most commonly
  • The Kurds are predominantly Sunni Muslim.
  • predominantly = most commonly
  • HIV and AIDS predominantly afflict the middle-aged.
  • predominantly = mostly
  • As she lifted her camera and focused, her one predominant emotion was envy, pure and simple.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • predominant = most influential (most powerful)
  • There were more than 600,000 Latinos in Georgia legally, in addition to the hundreds of thousands there illegally, and there were whole neighborhoods south of Atlanta where Spanish was the predominant language.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • predominant = most common
  • "Perhaps he's becoming white," joked another, but the humor masked an underlying question of why Jose Fax had moved his family from Salinas Avenue on the west side, where most Hispanics lived, to a tract home in a predominantly white neighborhood.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • predominantly = mostly (most common)
  • I alternately laughed and howled as the one or the other idea grew predominant.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • predominant = more influential or powerful
  • And if death, and sorrow, and the inexplicable joy that comes from triumph over death and sorrow, if these themes are predominant in my work, past and future, it is because they dominate my memory.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • predominant = most common or influential
  • Cotton is a predominantly agricultural pursuit.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • predominantly = mainly (most importantly)
  • We can assume that large States will want to increase the number of Representatives from their States and their influence will predominate.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • predominate = be most influential or powerful
  • The predominant odor was of old paint from the Dramatics Club canvas flats.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • predominant = most noticeable (most powerful or influential)
  • The predominant quality of the slow form is viscosity.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • predominant = most noticeable (most important)
  • All told, she owned fourteen books, but she saw her story as being made up predominantly of ten of them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • predominantly = mostly
  • It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • predominantly = mostly
  • It is strange that all the memories that come have these two qualities. They are always completely calm, that is predominant in them; and even if they are not really calm, they become so.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • predominant = most noticeable (most powerful trait)
  • Oppressed, as I certainly was, upon the occurrence of this second and most extraordinary coincidence, by a thousand conflicting sensations, in which wonder and extreme terror were predominant, I still retained sufficient presence of mind to avoid exciting, by any observation, the sensitive nervousness of my companion.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • predominant = most influential or powerful
  • The crowd of predominantly women conferred at that point, knowing that Himmel Street was not exactly the epitome of idyllic Molching living.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • predominantly = mostly
  • What he predominantly saw (and what a frightening version it must have been close-up) was Rosa Hubermann, practically slinging an armful of soup into his mouth.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • predominantly = mostly or most importantly
  • When a country is mostly farmers and has equal representation, farm interests will usually predominate in the government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In most, if not all, agriculture is predominant.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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