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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]


Most frequent or common


predominant; prevailing

Context example:

prevailing winds


frequent (coming at short intervals or habitually)

Sense 2prevailing [BACK TO TOP]


Encountered generally especially at the present time


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


current (occurring in or belonging to the present time)

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