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pre·vail·ing

 (prĭ-vā′lĭng)
adj.
1. Generally current; widespread: the prevailing attitude.
2. Blowing usually or most frequently from a given direction: a prevailing easterly wind.

pre·vail′ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: prevailing, prevalent, current
These adjectives denote what exists or is encountered generally at a particular time. Prevailing applies to what is most frequent or common at a certain time or in a certain place: took a poll to find the prevailing opinion. Prevalent suggests widespread existence or occurrence but does not imply predominance: a belief that was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Current often stresses the present time and is frequently applied to what is subject to frequent change: current psychoanalytic theories.

prevailing

(prɪˈveɪlɪŋ)
adj
1. generally accepted; widespread: the prevailing opinion.
2. most frequent or conspicuous; predominant: the prevailing wind is from the north.
preˈvailingly adv

pre•vail•ing

(prɪˈveɪ lɪŋ)

adj.
1. most frequent; predominant: prevailing winds.
2. generally current: the prevailing opinion.
3. having superior power or influence.
[1580–90]
pre•vail′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prevailing - most frequent or common; "prevailing winds"
frequent - coming at short intervals or habitually; "a frequent guest"; "frequent complaints"

prevailing

adjective
1. widespread, general, established, popular, common, set, current, usual, ordinary, fashionable, in style, customary, prevalent, in vogue individuals who have gone against the prevailing opinion
2. predominating, ruling, main, existing, principal the prevailing weather conditions in the area

prevailing

adjective
1. Most generally existing or encountered at a given time:
2. Having preeminent significance:
Translations
سائِدشائِع، سائِد
běžnýpanujícípřevládající
almindeligdominerendemest hyppige
ráîandiríkjandi
düzenliher zaman olanyaygın

prevailing

[prɪˈveɪlɪŋ] ADJ [opinion, wind] → predominante; [price] → imperante
the prevailing fashionla moda actual, la moda reinante
under prevailing conditionsbajo las condiciones actuales

prevailing

[prɪˈveɪlɪŋ] adj
[winds] → dominant(e)
[view, opinion, attitudes] → le plus répandu or la plus répandue

prevailing

adj
(= current) fashion, conditionsderzeitig, derzeit herrschend, aktuell; opinionaktuell, (vor)herrschend; the prevailing wisdomdie vorherrschende or derzeitige Überzeugung
windvorherrschend

prevailing

[prɪˈveɪlɪŋ] adj (conditions) → attuale; (belief, customs, attitude) → predominante, prevalente; (wind) → dominante

prevail

(priˈveil) verb
1. (with over or against) to win or succeed. With God's help we shall prevail over sin and wickedness; Truth must prevail in the end.
2. to be most usual or common. This mistaken belief still prevails in some parts of the country.
preˈvailing adjective
1. most frequent. The prevailing winds are from the west.
2. common or widespread at the present time. the prevailing mood of discontent among young people.
prevalent (ˈprevələnt) adjective
common; widespread. Lung diseases used to be prevalent among miners.
prevalence (ˈprevələns) noun
prevail on/upon
to persuade. Can I prevail on you to stay for supper?
References in classic literature ?
He stood, at this moment, on the very proudest eminence of superiority, to which the gifts or intellect, rich lore, prevailing eloquence, and a reputation of whitest sanctity, could exalt a clergyman in New England's earliest days, when the professional character was of itself a lofty pedestal.
Though the long period of a Southern whaling voyage (by far the longest of all voyages now or ever made by man), the peculiar perils of it, and the community of interest prevailing among a company, all of whom, high or low, depend for their profits, not upon fixed wages, but upon their common luck, together with their common vigilance, intrepidity, and hard work; though all these things do in some cases tend to beget a less rigorous discipline than in merchantmen generally; yet, never mind how much like an old Mesopotamian family these whalemen may, in some primitive instances, live together; for all that, the punctilious externals, at least, of the quarter-deck are seldom materially relaxed, and in no instance done away.
I should not lay so much stress on this fact, if I did not believe that something like this is the prevailing tendency of my countrymen.
A man who hasn't had much experience, and doesn't think, is apt to measure a nation's prosperity or lack of prosperity by the mere size of the prevailing wages; if the wages be high, the nation is prosperous; if low, it isn't.
My sole purpose in going to Florence was to see this immortal "Moses," and by good fortune I was just in time, for they were already preparing to remove it to a more private and better-protected place because a fashion of robbing the great galleries was prevailing in Europe at the time.
Each of these pretty homes had a garden in front fenced with white palings and opulently stocked with hollyhocks, marigolds, touch-me-nots, prince's-feathers, and other old-fashioned flowers; while on the windowsills of the houses stood wooden boxes containing moss rose plants and terra-cotta pots in which grew a breed of geranium whose spread of intensely red blossoms accented the prevailing pink tint of the rose-clad house-front like an explosion of flame.
He crossed a small "branch" two or three times, because of a prevailing juvenile superstition that to cross water baffled pursuit.
Sir John was delighted; for to a man, whose prevailing anxiety was the dread of being alone, the acquisition of two, to the number of inhabitants in London, was something.
And we all, including the rustic youth, drew round the table: an austere silence prevailing while we discussed our meal.
His judges sat upon the Bench in feathered hats; but the rough red cap and tricoloured cockade was the head-dress otherwise prevailing.
Therefore, if it had depended upon me to touch the prevailing chord among them with any skill, I should have made a poor hand of it.
Joe, with black hair and eyes, had such a prevailing redness of skin that I sometimes used to wonder whether it was possible she washed herself with a nutmeg-grater instead of soap.