Predominant; of greatest force.
* '', reprinted in 1797, John Bell, ''Bell's British Theatre , Volume 33,
- The prevailing opinion was for additional planning time.
page 37 (within play),
* 1807 , , The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner ,
- He has a humour more prevailing than his curiosity, and will willingly dispense with the hearing of one scandalous story, to avoid giving an occasion to make another, by being seen to walk with his wife.
* 1826 , , House of Commons Papers , Volume 17,
- and as merciful coun?els are mo?t prevailing when earne?tly pre??ed, ?o I got them to be of the ?ame opinion as to clemency.
Prevalent, common, widespread.
* 1829 , James Annesley, Sketches of the Most Prevalent Diseases of India ,
- I have heard generally that alderman Archer has a more prevailing and powerful influence in the commons than any other alderman, and exercises that influence ;
* 1832 , David Brewster, Spain'', entry in ''The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia , Volume 17,
- Fever'' and ''dysentery are the most prevailing diseases in this division, more particularly the latter, which is one of the most destructive amongst the troops in India, and particularly so in the European constitution.
* 1940 , Australian Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia No. 33 - 1940 ,
- One of the most prevailing defects in this people is their invincible indolence, and hatred of labour, which has, at all times, paralysed the government of their best princes, and impeded the success of their most brilliant enterprises.
- In Sydney at 9 am, by far the most prevailing wind is a westerly, particularly during the colder two-thirds of the year.
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