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dominant

dom·i·nant

dominant

 
pronunciation:
dam nnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: most in control; ruling; leading.
The British navy was the dominant naval force in the nineteenth century.The party of the Social Democrats has long been the dominant party in that country's parliament.Our team has been dominant over the others in the league for years.
antonyms:
subordinate, subservient
similar words:
commanding, master
definition 2: highly visible or commanding.
Red is the dominant color in the room's color scheme.
antonyms:
subtle
similar words:
commanding
definition 3: primary; main.
The proposed budget cut was the dominant topic of discussion at the meeting.Fear for her health was the dominant reason for her decision to quit smoking.
antonyms:
secondary
similar words:
capital, leading, master, primary, prime
definition 4: in genetics, of a gene or trait that masks the influence of a recessive when the two appear together. (Cf. recessive.)
The gene for dark hair is dominant over the gene for light hair.
antonyms:
recessive
derivation: dominantly (adv.)
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The word dominant contains the following parts:
dom1, domin Latin root that means master
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.