dominant

The Correct spelling is: dominant

Common misspellings of the word dominant are:

How do you spell dominant?. It is not dominent or even dominiant for that matter!

  • adj.
    1. Exercising the most influence or control.
    2. Most prominent, as in position; ascendant.
    3. Genetics. Of, relating to, or being an allele that produces the same phenotypic effect whether inherited with a homozygous or heterozygous allele.
    4. Ecology. Of, relating to, or being a species that is most characteristic of an ecological community and usually determines the presence, abundance, and type of other species.
    5. Music. Relating to or based on the fifth tone of a diatonic scale.
    n.
    1. Genetics. A dominant allele or trait.
    2. Ecology. A dominant species.
    3. Music. The fifth tone of a diatonic scale.

    [Middle English dominaunt, from Old French, from Latin domināns, dominant-, present participle of dominārī, to dominate. See dominate.]

    dominantly dom'i·nant·ly adv.

    SYNONYMS  dominant, predominant, preponderant, paramount, preeminent. These adjectives mean surpassing all others in power, influence, or position. Dominant applies to what exercises principal control or authority or is unmistakably ascendant: For decades, the Soviet Union was the dominant nation of eastern Europe. Predominant often implies being uppermost at a particular time or for the time being: “Egrets, gulls and small mammals are the predominant wildlife on the island these days” (Dan McCoubrey). Preponderant implies superiority as the result of outweighing or outnumbering all others: “No big modern war has been won without preponderant sea power” (Samuel Eliot Morison). Paramount means first in importance, rank, or regard: “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union” (Abraham Lincoln). Preeminent suggests generally recognized supremacy: He is the preeminent tenor of the modern era.


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