Prevalent Prev"a*lent, a. [L. praevalens, -entis, p. pr. of praevalere. See {Prevail}.] 1. Gaining advantage or superiority; having superior force, influence, or efficacy; prevailing; predominant; successful; victorious. [1913 Webster]

Brennus told the Roman embassadors, that prevalent arms were as good as any title. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

2. Most generally received or current; most widely adopted or practiced; also, generally or extensively existing; widespread; prevailing; as, a prevalent observance; prevalent disease. [1913 Webster]

This was the most received and prevalent opinion. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Prevailing; predominant; successful; efficacious; powerful.

Usage: {Prevalent}, {Prevailing}. What customarily prevails is prevalent; as, a prevalent fashion. What actually prevails is prevailing; as, the prevailing winds are west. Hence, prevailing is the livelier and more pointed word, since it represents a thing in action. It is sometimes the stronger word, since a thing may prevail sufficiently to be called prevalent, and yet require greater strength to make it actually prevailing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • prevalent — early 15c., having great power or force, from L. praevalentem (nom. praevalens), prp. of praevalere to be more able (see PREVAIL (Cf. prevail)). Meaning extensively existing, in general use is from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

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