prevailing

[p_ɹ_ɪ_v_ˈeɪ_l_ɪ_ŋ], [pɹɪvˈe͡ɪlɪŋ], [pɹɪvˈe‍ɪlɪŋ]

Antonyms for prevailing:

hush-hush, exceptional, abnormal, rare, particular, hushed, separate, behind-the-scenes, lacking, infrequent, confidential, unique, peculiar, strange, individualized, private, out-of-the-way, special, one-off, absent, only, extraordinary, one, unparalleled, personalized, lone, secret, subjective, idiosyncratic, especial, nonstandard, sole, unpopular, wanting, sui generis, solitary, patented, unconventional, missing, unknown, individual, esoteric, distinctive, unusual, uncommon, singular, personal, alone, inside, nonexistent, nonpublic, privy, idiomatic, intimate.


Definitions of prevailing:

  1.   of Prevail – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   Superior in power; having efficacy; predominant; prevalent. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   Efficacious. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   Gaining the advantage or superiority; predominant; most common or general. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Having great power: efficacious: most general. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6.   most frequent or common; " prevailing winds" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7.   Current; prevalent. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8.   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" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9.   Having superior force or influence; efficacious; persuasive. – Newage Dictionary DB
  10.   Predominant; prevalent; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion. – Newage Dictionary DB

Quotes for prevailing:

  1. The fact remains; chauvinism is prevailing – Emma Bonino
  2. By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. – Christopher Columbus
  3. In my opinion the prevailing systems of education are all wrong, from the first stage to the last stage. – William Duane
  4. I am pleased to be considered a 'denier' in this cause if this puts me in the class with those who defied prevailing 'scientific consensus' that the earth was flat and that the earth was the not the center of the universe. – William Lyons
  5. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. – H. L. Mencken
  6. My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing If there's a challenge, go for it. If there's a wall to break down, break it down. – Donny Osmond
  7. I believe in a kind of fidelity to your own early ideas; it's a kind of antagonism in me to prevailing fads. – Grace Paley
  8. Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. – Plutarch
  9. Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth. – Albion W. Small
  10. The average music -lover hears only the production under prevailing conditions. – John Philip Sousa
  11. There was endless action- not just football, but sailboats, tennis and other things: movement. There was endless talk- the ambassador at the head of the table laying out the prevailing wisdom, but everyone else weighing in with their opinions and taking part. – Charles Spalding
  12. What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos. – Kerry Thornley
  13. Not considering this opening worthy of more attention, I continued our pursuit to the Northwest, being desirous to embrace the advantages of the prevailing breeze. – George Vancouver
  14. If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity. – Bill Vaughan

Usage examples for prevailing:

  1. Then he again looked down into the hall, where the greatest confusion was prevailing among the deputies with regard to the coming vote. ” – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  2. If you are inclined to a hasty temper, for instance, you should not live in a room in which the prevailing note is red. ” – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe
  3. “ " The prevailing merit of the story is the vivid sense of reality which the writer gives to scenes and characters; ... ” – Pepita Ximenez by Juan Valera
  4. The prevailing price this year has been fifty to seventy- five cents per bushel. ” – The Apple by Various
  5. As is our prevailing type of thought, so is our prevailing type and our condition of life. ” – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  6. The prevailing color is yellow, tinged with green, but it varies greatly, sometimes yellow, red, white, etc. ” – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  7. But opposed as he was to prevailing influences, he was yet a man of his time. ” – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  8. Parade runs through everything, even in the prevailing religion, which, alas, is little more than form- parade. ” – Brazilian Sketches by T. B. Ray
  9. The prevailing thought was this- that I was going back to winter. ” – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  10. The prevailing winds are west and north- west, and, during the winter- August and September- south. ” – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  11. The ministers were in a great strait; the public feeling was strong; a general election was approaching; it was dangerous and it would probably be vain to encounter the prevailing sentiment directly. ” – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  12. In America, it is the most prevailing form, found in my groups 1. Linni or Linapis. ” – The American Nations, Vol. I. by C. S. Rafinesque
  13. The Spanish Commander, being then satisfied that he had fought long enough, and hopeless of prevailing on the enemy to yield, withdrew in the night. ” – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  14. The first is, that steam vessels are not forced by prevailing winds to keep to particular courses. ” – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  15. On reaching the other side I was to get immediately in communication with the British Admiralty, and send to Washington detailed reports on prevailing conditions. ” – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  16. But this view has, we think, ceased to be the prevailing one among the Universalists. ” – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  17. Another phase of the Bible which has had a far reaching and lasting effect upon all language and literature, is its prevailing spirit of types and symbols. ” – The Interdependence of Literature by Georgina Pell Curtis
  18. The conditions prevailing in arid districts favor strongly this manner of loss of soil- moisture. ” – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  19. The van ship was anchored so close to the shore that it was impossible to pass within her, or, with the prevailing wind, even to reach her, because of a point and shoal just outside, covering her position. ” – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan
  20. He knew that he was prevailing though slowly. ” – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day

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