predominately /pri dom"euh nit lee/, adv.predominatingly, adv.predomination, n.predominator, n.
/pri dom"euh nayt'/, v., predominated, predominating.
1. to be the stronger or leading element or force.
2. to have numerical superiority or advantage: The radicals predominate in the new legislature.
3. to surpass others in authority or influence; be preeminent: He predominated in the political scene.
4. to have or exert controlling power (often fol. by over): Good sense predominated over the impulse to fight.
5. to appear more noticeable or imposing than something else: Blues and greens predominated in the painting.
6. to dominate or prevail over.
[1585-95; < ML praedominatus, ptp. of praedominari to predominate. See PRE-, DOMINATE]
Syn. 4. overrule, dominate.

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