AskDefine | Define prevailing

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prevailing adj
1 most frequent or common; "prevailing winds" [syn: predominant]
2 encountered generally especially at the present time; "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" [syn: prevalent, rife]

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  1. Predominant; of greatest force.
    The prevailing opinion was for additional planning time.


  1. present participle of prevail

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