Definition for PRE-VAIL-ING


  1. Gaining advantage, superiority or victory; having effect; persuading; succeeding.
  2. adj. Predominant; having more influence; prevalent; superior in power. The love of money and the love of power are the prevailing passions of men.
  3. Efficacious. Saints shall assist thee with prevailing prayers. – Rowe.
  4. Predominant; most general; as, the prevailing disease of a climate; a prevailing opinion. Intemperance is the prevailing vice of many countries.

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