If you lose a game of tennis 6-0, you could consider yourself dominated in the match: you're at the mercy of a superior power, in this case your opponent.

A child might feel dominated by his parents, but really they just want to make sure he's safe. The word comes from the Latin word dominus which means "Lord." If you are dominated by someone, it is like they are the lord and you are the servant.

Definitions of dominated
  1. adjective
    controlled or ruled by superior authority or power
    restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds
  2. adjective
    harassed by persistent nagging
    synonyms: henpecked
    inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination
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