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PREVAILING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prevailing mean? 

PREVAILING (adjective)
  The adjective PREVAILING has 2 senses:

1. most frequent or common
2. encountered generally especially at the present time

  Familiarity information: PREVAILING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREVAILING (adjective)


Sense 1prevailing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Most frequent or common

Synonyms:

predominant; prevailing

Context example:

prevailing winds

Similar:

frequent (coming at short intervals or habitually)


Sense 2prevailing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Encountered generally especially at the present time

Synonyms:

prevalent; rife; prevailing

Context examples:

the prevailing opinion was that a trade war could be averted / the most prevalent religion in our area / speculation concerning the books author was rife

Similar:

current (occurring in or belonging to the present time)


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