Definition for PREV'A-LENCE, or PREV'A-LEN-CY


  1. Superior strength, influence or efficacy; most efficacious force in producing an effect. The duke better knew what kind of arguments were of prevalence with him. – Clarendon.
  2. Predominance; most general reception or practice; as, the prevalence of vice, or of corrupt maxims; the prevalence of opinion or fashion.
  3. Most general existence or extension; as, the prevalence of a disease.
  4. Success; as, the prevalence of prayer.

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