prevailing

  • 1 prevailing — prevailing, prevalent, rife, current are comparable when they mean general (as in circulation, acceptance, or use) especially in a given place or at a given time. Prevailing applies especially to something which is predominant or which generally… …

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  • 2 prevailing — pre‧vail‧ing [prɪˈveɪlɪŋ] adjective [only before a noun] existing at a particular time or in a particular situation; = CURRENT: • The prevailing economic conditions have had a serious impact on our operations. • The shares will be bought at… …

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  • 3 prevailing — I (current) adjective abundant, accepted, accustomary, accustomed, all embracing, bourgeois, catholic, characteristic, colloquial, common, commonplace, comprehensive, conformable, contemporary, conventional, current, customary, diffuse, dominant …

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  • 4 Prevailing — Pre*vail ing, a. 1. Having superior force or influence; efficacious; persuasive. Shak. [1913 Webster] Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers. Rowe. [1913 Webster] 2. Predominant; prevalent; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a… …

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  • 5 Prevailing — is synonymous with dominant: *Prevailing winds *Prevailing visibility *Prevailing wage …

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  • 6 prevailing — [prē vāl′iŋ, pri vāl′ iŋ] adj. 1. superior in strength, influence, or effect 2. most frequent, noticeable, etc.; predominant 3. widely existing; prevalent prevailingly adv. SYN. PREVAILING applies to that which leads all others in acceptance,… …

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  • 7 prevailing — prevailing; un·prevailing; …

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  • 8 prevailing — [adj] general, dominant all embracing, by the numbers*, catholic, common, comprehensive, current, customary, ecumenical, established, familiar, fashionable, influential, in style, in vogue, main, operative, ordinary, popular, predominant,… …

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  • 9 prevailing — pre|vail|ing [ prı veılıŋ ] adjective only before noun * existing at a particular time or in a particular place: The prevailing market conditions are not favorable to small investors. a. prevailing attitudes or types of behavior are the ones that …

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  • 10 prevailing */ — UK [prɪˈveɪlɪŋ] / US adjective [only before noun] a) existing at a particular time or in a particular place The prevailing market conditions are not favourable to small investors. b) prevailing attitudes or types of behaviour are the ones that… …

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  • 11 prevailing — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. prevalent, general, current, rife, popular, common, regular, steady, predominant, dominant, universal, worldwide, sweeping, comprehensive, widespread, rampant, ruling, chief, principal, usual; see also common 1 . Syn.… …

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  • 12 prevailing — pre|vail|ing [prıˈveılıŋ] adj [only before noun] 1.) existing or accepted in a particular place or at a particular time = ↑current ▪ The prevailing mood of public opinion remained hostile. ▪ the prevailing economic conditions in Northern Ireland… …

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  • 13 prevailing — adjective (only before noun) 1 existing or accepted in a particular place or at a particular time; current 1: the prevailing state of education | prevailing trends 2 prevailing wind a wind that blows over a particular area most of the time …

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  • 14 prevailing — prevailingly, adv. prevailingness, n. /pri vay ling/, adj. 1. predominant: prevailing winds. 2. generally current: the prevailing opinion. 3. having superior power or influence. 4. effectual. [1580 90; PREVAIL + ING2] Syn. 1 …

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  • 15 prevailing — [[t]prɪve͟ɪlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n The prevailing wind in an area is the type of wind that blows over that area most of the time. The direction of the prevailing winds should be taken into account …

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  • 16 prevailing — pre•vail•ing [[t]prɪˈveɪ lɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) most frequent; predominant: prevailing winds[/ex] 2) generally current: the prevailing opinion[/ex] 3) having superior power or influence • Etymology: 1580–90 pre•vail′ing•ly, adv …

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  • 17 Prevailing — Prevail Pre*vail , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prevailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prevailing}.] [F. pr[ e]valoir, OF. prevaleir, L. praevalere; prae before + valere to be strong, able, or worth. See {Valiant}.] 1. To overcome; to gain the victory or… …

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  • 18 prevailing — adjective /pɹɪˈveɪ.lɪŋ/ Predominant; of greatest force. The prevailing opinion was for additional planning time …

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  • 19 prevailing — adj. Prevailing is used with these nouns: ↑attitude, ↑climate, ↑condition, ↑consensus, ↑current, ↑doctrine, ↑dogma, ↑ideology, ↑mood, ↑myth, ↑opinion, ↑ …

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  • 20 prevailing — adjective prevailing attitudes Syn: current, existing, prevalent, usual, common, general, widespread See note at prevalent …

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