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  • With his permission my mother prevailed on her rustic guardians to yield their charge to her.
  • The republican institutions of our country have produced simpler and happier manners than those which prevail in the great monarchies that surround it.

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  • My aunt observed this, and when Justine was twelve years of age, prevailed on her mother to allow her to live at our house.
  • Sometimes I could not prevail on myself to enter my laboratory for several days, and at other times I toiled day and night in order to complete my work.

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as in: reason will prevail Define
prove superior or win
as in: she prevailed upon him Define
use persuasion -- especially successfully
as in: prevailing attitude Define
most common, powerful, or influential
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