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as in:  prevailing attitude

In the afternoon, the meadow enjoys prevailing winds from the west.
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Prevail has many reasonably common, but diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • In the afternoon, the meadow enjoys prevailing winds from the west.
  • At that time, the prevailing belief was that trans fats were healthier than butter.
  • Up until yesterday, the prevailing wisdom was...
  • attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.
    Victor Hugo

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  • Instead of using prevailing interest rate indexes, they...
  • The prevailing emotion was simply curiosity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And of course the prevailing popular view of Africans at that time contributed to our feeling of amusement.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • This custom prevails throughout this portion of the South today.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • These windows were of stained glass whose color varied in accordance with the prevailing hue of the decorations of the chamber into which it opened.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • This is not to say that either the conduct of war, or the prevailing attitude towards it, has become less bloodthirsty or more chivalrous.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But they had been foreshadowed by the various systems, generally called totalitarian, which had appeared earlier in the century, and the main outlines of the world which would emerge from the prevailing chaos had long been obvious.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • If human equality is to be for ever averted — if the High, as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently — then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
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