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1. Greater in power, influence, or force than another or others; predominant.
2. Genetics Of, having, or exhibiting prepotency.

[Middle English, from Latin praepotēns, praepotent-, present participle of praeposse, to be more powerful : prae-, pre- + posse, to be able or powerful; see poti- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·po′tent·ly adv.


1. greater in power, force, or influence
2. (Biology) biology showing prepotency
[C15: from Latin praepotens very powerful, from posse to be able]
preˈpotently adv


(priˈpoʊt nt)

1. preeminent in power, authority, or influence; predominant.
2. noting, pertaining to, or having genetic prepotency.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin praepotent- (s. of praepotēns), present participle of praeposse to have greater power]
pre•po′tent•ly, adv.
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Bees will act like a camel-hair pencil, and it is quite sufficient just to touch the anthers of one flower and then the stigma of another with the same brush to ensure fertilisation; but it must not be supposed that bees would thus produce a multitude of hybrids between distinct species; for if you bring on the same brush a plant's own pollen and pollen from another species, the former will have such a prepotent effect, that it will invariably and completely destroy, as has been shown by Gartner, any influence from the foreign pollen.
I suspect that it must arise from the pollen of a distinct variety having a prepotent effect over a flower's own pollen; and that this is part of the general law of good being derived from the intercrossing of distinct individuals of the same species.
Executive functioning generally pertains to the use of memory, attentional shifting and control, and the inhibition of prepotent responses (Miyake et al.
In some cases and more interestingly, NSAs might use legal means to undermine the state, as in the case of private companies, and finally they can act as hegemonic prepotent powers that have their own rules and the ability to force state institutions to take decisions in favor of their own interests.
Therefore, the CPU considered prepotent and the codominant of types of inundated meadows can exist at considerable fluctuations of climatic and soil factors and are well adapted for conditions of the studied floodplains.
Trained participants showed transfer to an untrained inhibition task and brain structural plasticity in right inferior frontal gyrus, a brain region associated with inhibition of prepotent actions.
Associations between trait impulsivity and prepotent response inhibition.
By promoting children's capacity to inhibit prepotent or impulsive responses and choose alternative responses, these cognitive control capacities enable children to regulate the emotions that motivate and inform their exploration of their physical and social worlds (Derryberry & Rothbart, 1997; Kochanska, et al.
For StroopTest (measuring the specific components of executive function, referring in particular to the prepotent response inhibition), the patient achieved the ratio inference score (Ir) of 0.
Others have defined it as the deliberate suppression of prepotent responses, (Barkley, 1997a; Schachar, Tannock, & Logan, 1993).
situations in which people engage in behaviors designed to counteract or override a prepotent response (e.