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1. most frequent or common;
- Example: "prevailing winds"
[syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prevalent \Prev"a*lent\, a. [L. praevalens, -entis, p. pr. of praevalere. See Prevail.] 1. Gaining advantage or superiority; having superior force, influence, or efficacy; prevailing; predominant; successful; victorious. [1913 Webster] Brennus told the Roman embassadors, that prevalent arms were as good as any title. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. Most generally received or current; most widely adopted or practiced; also, generally or extensively existing; widespread; prevailing; as, a prevalent observance; prevalent disease. [1913 Webster] This was the most received and prevalent opinion. --Woodward. [1913 Webster] Syn: Prevailing; predominant; successful; efficacious; powerful. Usage: Prevalent, Prevailing. What customarily prevails is prevalent; as, a prevalent fashion. What actually prevails is prevailing; as, the prevailing winds are west. Hence, prevailing is the livelier and more pointed word, since it represents a thing in action. It is sometimes the stronger word, since a thing may prevail sufficiently to be called prevalent, and yet require greater strength to make it actually prevailing. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prevalent adj 1: most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: prevailing, prevalent, predominant, dominant, rife]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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