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Definition of prevailing adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1existing or most common at a particular time synonym current, predominant the prevailing economic conditions the attitude toward science prevailing at the time The prevailing view seems to be that they will find her guilty.
  2. 2the prevailing wind in an area is the one that blows over it most frequently The prevailing wind here is from the east.
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