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dom·i·nant

dominant

 
 
pronunciation:
dam nnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: most powerful; ruling or controlling.
The British navy was dominant in the 1800s.
definition 2: main; primary.
Space travel was our dominant topic of discussion.
antonyms:
secondary
similar words:
primary, prime
derivation: dominantly (adv.)
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The word dominant contains the following parts:
dom1, domin Latin root that means master
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.