Adjective "dominant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having power and influence over others.
  1. 'Economically, however, the paper remains dominant in its market.'
  2. 'They will not be the dominant power for long anyway.'
  3. 'By the 1930s, it had become the dominant paradigm in American experimental psychology.'
  4. 'How has all this misleading language become so dominant across the political spectrum?'
  5. 'Any firm with the market power attendant upon a dominant position has the potential to do this.'
  6. 'However, she disobeys her orders and resists the dominant powers with little effort.'
  7. 'His powerful and sometimes dominant influence on Austrian politics is a result of the refusal of the other official parties to seriously take him on.'
  8. 'He argues that historically the reaction of lesser states has been determined more by the potential power of the dominant state than by its actual behaviour or avowed intentions.'
  9. 'Geopolitics, history and common sense all indicate that a dominant power chooses its own policies without being influenced by the special wishes of others - however friendly.'
  10. 'To make progress in their struggle for equality, they needed to wrest power from their own dominant strata.'
  11. 'Councillors heard the property was in a dominant position overlooking the Upper Green, and due to design details did not contribute favourably to the appearance of the conservation area.'
  12. 'The mountains represent the dominant terrain of the country and the rising sun represents a ‘new dawn’ for the nation.'
  13. '‘We own the dominant terrain in the area’.'
  14. 'the mutant allele is dominant to the wild type'
  15. 'In contrast, a fully dominant modifier can never invade.'
  16. 'For simplicity, we assume that alleles are partially dominant and expressed in both sexes.'
  17. 'red spruce is a dominant species in many types of forest'
  18. 'Fluctuations in the productivity of dominant plant species should also have a significant impact on complex food webs in forest ecosystems.'
  19. 'Perennial woody plants are the dominant species in many ecosystems of the world and have significant ecological and economic importance.'
  20. 'holding back is here a dominant strategy'
  21. 'At times the seeking or avoiding of such even exchanges may even be the dominant strategy in a game.'
  22. 'In game theoretic terms, this suggests that there is a dominant strategy that mechanistically pushes all parties to compete.'


A dominant trait or gene.
  1. 'This suggested that the wirehair gene is a simple dominant because there was little chance the unrelated female was carrying a recessive wirehair gene.'
  2. 'Instead selection causes the same increase in allele frequency in both dominants and recessives, at least early on when the fates of nearly all alleles are determined.'
  3. 'oak is a long-established dominant'
  4. 'The presumed mechanism is the increase in biomass with fertility, and the resulting rise in competition intensity, which leads to the replacement of smaller and more-slow growing plant species by tall canopy-forming dominants.'
  5. 'Forest trees are good experimental objects because they are dominants, and because suitable methods are available to determine growth increments.'
The fifth note of the diatonic scale of any key, or the key based on this, considered in relation to the key of the tonic.
  1. 'In measures 68 and 69, an A-major chord, the dominant of the key, is sounded, signaling the end of the piece.'
  2. 'So, as he informs us, his tonal process is principally governed by what he describes as tonics and dominants.'



1. ruling, governing, or controlling; having or exerting authority or influence: dominant in the chain of command.

2. occupying or being in a commanding or elevated position.

3. predominant; main; major; chief: Corn is the dominant crop of Iowa.

4. Genetics. of or relating to a dominant.

5. Music. pertaining to or based on the dominant: the dominant chord. noun

6. Genetics. the one of a pair of alternative alleles that masks the effect of the other when both are present i

More examples(as adjective)

"themes can be dominant in things."

"brands can be dominant in places."

"themes can be dominant in markets."

"people can be dominant in firsts."

"companies can be dominant in markets."

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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin dominant- ‘ruling, governing’, from the verb dominari (see dominate).