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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.]


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (postpositive) reigning
2. prevalent; current
[C17: from Latin regnāre to reign]
ˈregnancy n


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"


1. Exercising controlling power or influence:
2. Having preeminent significance:
3. Most generally existing or encountered at a given time:
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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.
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.
He was the spirit of regnant labor as he stood there, his hands outreaching to rend and crush his audience.
Il s'agit de la seule certitude du crash de toutes les incertitudes regnant dans la region du Sinai hantee par le groue terroriste Daech et etrangement desertee par les compagnies occidentales (Air France, Lufthansa) et arabe (Emirates) decretant, par [beaucoup moins que] mesure de securite [beaucoup plus grand que], le refus de survoler de la zone [beaucoup moins que] jusqu'a nouvel ordre [beaucoup plus grand que].
Sur les enjeux qualitatifs de cette manifestation internationale, les organisateurs confient a tous les acteurs concernes: [beaucoup moins que] Depuis 1903, annee de sa creation en reaction a l'academisme regnant, le Salon d'Automne , association d'artistes, reunissant aujourd'hui plusieurs centaines de societaires, reconnue d'utilite publique depuis 1920, poursuit son action en faveur des arts et des artistes, fidele a son ethique initiale : la Fraternite des Arts .
The couple set a wedding date forugust 31, 2002 and when Bailey was 22 months old, Sam found out she was regnant again.
P REGNANT women, teenage girls and women of reproductive age are among the most vulnerable to iron deficiency anaemia because of high iron requirements.
Among the Queen's numerous female correspondents, was the uniquely comparable Dona Maria da Gloria II, Queen of Portugal--exactly the same age as Victoria, married to one of her cousins, and dealing with the same problems of reconciling the roles of wife, mother, both queen regnant and queen pregnant.
As a useful antidote to the regnant egalitarianism of our time, I recommend (and practise) an annual re-reading of George Orwell's masterpiece Animal Farm-, better than any political science text, it explains how equality enslaves rather than liberates.
Stoicism was the regnant philosophy of the Greco-Roman culture at the time of the NT's compilation.
Is he the champion of a right-wing Orthodoxy politically and religiously regnant in present-day Israel?