When you have power over others you are said to have dominance. For years, the British Empire had dominance over much of the world, ruling vast stretches of Africa, India, and Asia.

In packs of animals, the males will often fight to determine dominance, i.e., who is top dog. Or top lion. This happens in classrooms too, with the teacher needing to establish dominance over unruly students. If your football team has dominance over its league, it means they usually beat—or dominate—most of the other teams in the league.

Definitions of dominance

n the power or right to give orders or make decisions

authorisation, authority, authorization, potency, say-so
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power of appointment
authority given (in a will or deed) by a donor to a donee to appoint the beneficiaries of the donor's property
carte blanche
complete freedom or authority to act
the power or authority to command
supreme authority; absolute dominion
the authority of a lord
authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)
the authority of a state to govern another state
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power to direct or determine

n the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

“her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her”
ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency, control
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ascendant, ascendent
position or state of being dominant or in control
domination, mastery, supremacy
power to dominate or defeat
predominance, predomination, prepotency
the state of being predominant over others
dominion, rule
dominance or power through legal authority
the state of being controlled or governed
absolutism, despotism, tyranny
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
exclusive control or possession of something
superiority, transcendence, transcendency
the state of excelling or surpassing or going beyond usual limits
the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority
British dominion over India (1757-1947)
reign, sovereignty
royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
the position or authority of a suzerain
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condition, status
a state at a particular time

n superior development of one side of the body

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bodily property
an attribute of the body

n the organic phenomenon in which one of a pair of alleles present in a genotype is expressed in the phenotype and the other allele of the pair is not

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organic phenomenon
(biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals

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