predominant

If you’re talking about the most popular or common thing, call it predominant. If the predominant feeling in a neighborhood is that pizza is the best food, the result might be pizzerias being the predominant type of restaurant there.

The adjective predominant describes a person or thing with great power or influence, or something that is prevalent. It comes from the Latin prefix prae-, “before,” and dominari, “to rule.” For example, because so many people like hip-hop, it might be the predominant music heard at a school dance. And that neighborhood with all the pizzerias? Teenagers are the predominant customers, and pepperoni is the predominant topping.

Definitions of predominant
  1. adjective
    having superior power and influence
    “the predominant mood among policy-makers is optimism”
    synonyms: overriding, paramount, predominate, preponderant, preponderating
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
  2. adjective
    most frequent or common
    synonyms: dominant, prevailing, prevalent, rife
    frequent
    coming at short intervals or habitually
Commonly confused words

predominate / predominant

If you win an election by a 3:1 margin, are you the predominant winner or the predominate winner?

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