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1. Reigning; ruling: a queen regnant.
2. Predominant.
3. Widespread; prevalent.

[Probably from Middle English, a sovereign, from Old French, from Latin rēgnāns, rēgnant-, present participle of rēgnāre, to reign, from rēgnum, reign; see reign.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (postpositive) reigning
2. prevalent; current
[C17: from Latin regnāre to reign]
ˈregnancy n
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(ˈrɛg nənt)

1. reigning; ruling (usu. used postpositively): a queen regnant.
2. exercising authority, rule, or influence.
3. prevalent; widespread.
[1590–1600; < Latin rēgnant-, s. of rēgnāns, present participle of regnāre to rule; see reign, -ant]
reg′nan•cy, n.
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Adj.1.regnant - exercising power or authority
powerful - having great power or force or potency or effect; "the most powerful government in western Europe"; "his powerful arms"; "a powerful bomb"; "the horse's powerful kick"; "powerful drugs"; "a powerful argument"
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1. Exercising controlling power or influence:
2. Having preeminent significance:
3. Most generally existing or encountered at a given time:
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At this dim inceptive stage of the day Tess seemed to Clare to exhibit a dignified largeness both of disposition and physique, an almost regnant power, possibly because he knew that at that preternatural time hardly any woman so well endowed in person as she was likely to be walking in the open air within the boundaries of his horizon; very few in all England.
For the nine hundred and ninety-four to express dis- satisfaction with the regnant system and propose to change it, would have made the whole six shudder as one man, it would have been so disloyal, so dishonor- able, such putrid black treason.
Standing well at court, whether the king regnant was of the older or younger branch, whether the government was doctrinaire liberal, or conservative; looked upon by all as a man of talent, since those who have never experienced a political check are generally so regarded; hated by many, but warmly supported by others, without being really liked by anybody, M.
He was the spirit of regnant labor as he stood there, his hands outreaching to rend and crush his audience.
Vaughan demonstrates a similar capacity to take a diagonal path between regnant intellectual debates.
"A Queen can be a Queen Consort (married to a King), a Queen Regnant (reigning in her own right), or a Queen Dowager (the mother of the reigning monarch)," he wrote.
He talked about the origins of his novel, which was based on the dictatorship regnant in Kenya, how the law was flouted, and how the prisoners were tortured in the military chambers.
Le coup de semonce a ete porte par la campagne de denigrement attribuant faussement la mort d'une mere de famille a un supporter algerien et poursuivi par un lachage en regle de la communaute algerienne accusee de violence portee en permanence par les Gilets jaunes et les black-blocs regnant en France en maitre absolu sur un champ de desolation.
Et pourtant, le climat regional regnant a l'epoque etait marque par des changements violents survenus dans des pays arabes et la recrudescence des tendances secessionnistes, fanatiques, religieuses et autres.
According to ( Cosmopolitan , there are two types of Queens in England, Queen regnant and Queen Consort.